November 13, 2012 09:00 ET

Skout Appoints Vice President of Trust, Safety and Community

Karen Barker Brings More Than Two Decades of Expertise in Safety, Working With Walt Disney, Restoration Hardware and eHarmony

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - Skout, one of the largest mobile networks for meeting new people, today named community safety expert Karen Barker vice president of trust, safety and community.

"As Skout's community safety leader, Karen will ensure that trust and safety is built into everything we do," said CEO and founder Christian Wiklund. 

Barker will direct a global team of 40 community managers, lead privacy and safety policy initiatives, collaborate with product, engineering and design teams, and oversee the enforcement of trust and safety policies.

"Our community is highly engaged and active because we create fun, positive experiences and have zero tolerance for bad behavior," said Wiklund. "Karen will help us strengthen this commitment and guide us as we continue to implement some of the most advanced safety policies and technologies in the industry."

Offering two separate and distinct communities for teens and adults, Skout is committed to cultivating peace of mind as community members easily and safely make new friends and enjoy features like chatting, virtual gift-giving and photo sharing.

Barker is a customer safety expert who has designed and managed community care, fraud and risk programs for companies including Sprint, The Walt Disney Company, Restoration Hardware, and eHarmony.

Starting in 1990 as vice president of operations for SuperShuttle International, Barker worked with transportation associations and public utilities commissions to develop programs for the safety of passengers and drivers. She was instrumental in testing onboard safety technology including the first GPS-based vehicle tracking and dispatching system.

Prior to joining Skout, Barker was vice president of customer care and risk management for eHarmony, where she developed risk, compliance and fraud prevention strategies, policies and procedural enhancements for domestic and international lines of business.

In her new role, Barker will be instrumental in actualizing Skout's mission of connecting people around the world through a platform that is fun, engaging and secure.

"The opportunity to work with a community as dynamic and thriving as Skout's is tremendous. I look forward to building on the strong systems, tools and processes that reflect Skout's top commitment, which is the safety of its community," said Barker. "The Skout team has set the safety bar high and we will continue to work diligently to implement the best tools, systems and educational methods."

Skout deploys advanced, proprietary technology that continuously monitors activity on the network to identify users whose behavior appears unusual, inappropriate or suspicious. Under its zero-tolerance policy, Skout immediately bans users for inappropriate or suspicious behavior. 

Skout is one of the world's largest and most active mobile social scenes, with users in more than 180 countries. Skout's community displays a significant degree of engagement, and 1.5 million users join every month. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

About Skout
Skout is the global network for meeting new people. With your mobile device as your guide, you can discover new friends at the bar or in Barcelona; then YOU decide if, when and how you want to connect. The Skout community thrives because we focus on fun and have zero tolerance for bad behavior. Life is short, you are busy and people are having fun without you right now. So start Skouting and find your party, anytime, anywhere.

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