SOURCE: MerchantCircle

MerchantCircle

May 20, 2010 10:00 ET

MerchantCircle Appoints Jeremy Kreitler as VP of Product Management

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  MerchantCircle, the largest social network of local business owners, today announced that Jeremy Kreitler has recently joined the company as Vice President of Product Management where he will lead development of new tools to help small merchants grow their online presence to reach local consumers on the web. Kreitler brings more than 15 years of local experience to the company, with a career that began at BellSouth Yellow Pages where he helped implement the company's first online products. Following BellSouth, Kreitler spent time at educational software developer eCollege.com and Mapquest. In 2002, he joined Yahoo where he led the maps division as Director of Product Management & GM Yahoo Maps.

"MerchantCircle has big goals for providing significant new benefits to merchants and consumers this year," said Ben Smith IV, chairman and co-founder of MerchantCircle. "Delivering products that provide real value to both of our audiences is the key to attracting and retaining those users. Jeremy is a true innovator in the local space. His successful track record of developing successful local web products will benefit MerchantCircle in the short- and long-term. We are thrilled to have him on board."

Kreitler's past teams and products have won awards ranging from CNET's Editor's Choice Award to PC Magazine's top 100 Product Innovations. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and holds patents in Internet mapping and local search.

About MerchantCircle
Founded in 2005, MerchantCircle is the largest social network of local business owners in the nation, combining social networking features with customizable web listings that allow local merchants to attract new customers. More than 20 million MerchantCircle business listings across the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia are easily accessed on major search engines. Currently, 1.3 million merchants actively use the MerchantCircle network to upload pictures, blog, create coupons and newsletters and connect with other merchants. In addition to free services, MerchantCircle offers a portfolio of premium online advertising solutions including search engine marketing and instant website development.

Recognized by JMP Securities as one of the "100 Best Privately Held Internet Companies," MerchantCircle is based in Mountain View, Calif., and funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures and IAC. Learn more at www.merchantcircle.com.

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