SOURCE: INNOCENTIVE, INC.

InnoCentive, Inc.

May 21, 2010 10:46 ET

John R. Dila Joins InnoCentive as Vice President, Global Solver Community and Solver Products

Dila Brings 16 Years of E-Commerce Management, Online Community, Communications, and Technology Experience

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -  InnoCentive, Inc., the world leader in open innovation, today announced that John R. Dila joined the company as vice president, global Solver community and Solver products. InnoCentive's global Solver network is comprised of more than 200,000 creative thinkers including scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. Dila will drive the definition and growth strategy for the Solver community and for products to monetize this aspect of InnoCentive's business.

"John will play a critical role in the development of our long-term vision for growing our Solver network," said Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive. "John brings with him an impressive background, an extraordinary understanding of community dynamics, and an unbelievable energy. I am pleased to welcome him to InnoCentive."

Prior to his position at InnoCentive, Dila spent six years as a senior manager at eBay Inc., where he led a number of high profile initiatives across the company in customer service, community management, eCommerce, and user experience and design. During this time the company scaled revenues from $700M to $8B. He led the research, design, and implementation of eBay's global customer communications strategy for more than 8,000 customer support reps, reaching 88 million active customers. Dila also spent 18 months providing consulting to early-stage start-up firms in the online customer experience space. He has written broadly about business and leadership topics following 10 years of living and working in Silicon Valley. Before consulting, Dila holds a bachelor's from University of Waterloo (Canada) and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

"From the U.S. to China and around the other side, there is no shortage of problems in the world today; what we need is a robust, diverse, committed global community of Solvers to meet this rapidly expanding market of challenges," said Dila. "There's a perfect storm of Internet maturity, competitiveness, and Solver and Seeker readiness to pose and solve tough problems. I'm excited to help InnoCentive's communities scale, collaborate, and thrive, and to provide the best tools and workspaces for them to achieve their goals."

About InnoCentive, Inc.
Since 2001, InnoCentive has helped corporate, government, and non-profit organizations to better innovate through crowdsourcing, strategic consulting services and internal Software-as-a-Service offerings. The company built the first global Web community for open innovation where organizations or "Seekers" submit complex problems or "Challenges" for resolution to a "Solver" community of more than 200,000 engineers, scientists, inventors, business professionals, and research organizations in more than 200 countries. Prizes for winning solutions are financial awards up to US $1,000,000. Committed to unleashing diverse thinking, InnoCentive continues to introduce new products and services exemplifying a new corporate model where return to investors and individual passion go hand in hand with solving mankind's most pressing problems. http://www.innocentive.com/

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