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July 07, 2010 08:45 ET

EXPO Announces Expansion of Board of Directors Including Pete Blackshaw and "Kam" Kamerschen

New Directors Join Board as Company Enjoys Strong Growth

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  Citing rapid client growth, EXPO announced an expansion of its Board of Directors from four to six members, with several changes that dramatically strengthen its composition. New members include Pete Blackshaw of Nielsen Online Strategic Services, "Kam" Kamerschen, Presiding Director of the Board of MDC Partners and Thayer Bigelow, former President of Home Box Office and Time Warner Cable Programming.

Blackshaw, who is frequently cited by publications including the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, has been a leading thinker on social media for over a decade. Pete was part of the team that first headed digital initiatives at Procter & Gamble. Blackshaw later founded PlanetFeedback, Inc., which now forms part of Nielsen Online. Blackshaw is the author of "Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000."

"Pete is a pioneer in the areas of user generated content, customer listening and all of the other concepts we now call social media," said EXPO President Bill Hildebolt. "People think these are new concepts, but Pete has been practicing them since 1997 and to have that credibility on our Board shows the impact we're having with global brands."

Robert "Kam" Kamerschen is a highly sought after Board member who is currently active as the Presiding Director of MDC Partners and has served as a board member at IMS Health, Radio Shack and elsewhere as well as with numerous private company boards. Previously he was CEO and Chairman of ADVO, Inc. and also held CEO roles at RKO/Six Flags Entertainment and MaxFactor. "We are extremely grateful to have Kam involved," noted EXPO CEO Daphne Kwon. "His experience across the corporate life cycle and his connections to companies large and small have already been invaluable as we continue to accelerate our growth."

Thayer Bigelow, a long time investor in the company, spent more than 30 years working for Time, Inc. and Time Warner in various senior roles at HBO, Time Warner Cable Programming (and its predecessor company) and Court TV. In addition to EXPO, he currently serves as a Board Member at Lord Abbett Funds and Trinity College. "Thayer personifies the concept of a value-added investor," said Kwon. "His support of EXPO since inception has been key to our success today."

"Expo is breaking new ground," said Kamerschen. "Their marriage of consumer generated video with product reviews, how to videos and other purpose-driven content is giving companies fresh and actionable insights into their brands and creating new standards of authenticity and transparency for consumers. I think I speak for all of the Board members when I say I'm excited to be part of it."

About EXPO
EXPO is the first video-based community specifically created for consumers to share their unbiased opinions about the products they buy. This fast-growing community has created the world's largest catalog of consumer insights with over 300,000 video product reviews covering everything from shampoo to cell phones to hybrid cars. EXPO provides marketers with a platform to safely navigate the new world of social media by engaging with consumers in an authentic conversation. EXPO's videos have been viewed over 30 million times and are available at www.expotv.com, retail websites, YouTube, Facebook, manufacturer sites and other consumer research destinations.

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