December 02, 2009 09:00 ET Appoints Consumer Marketing Veteran Catherine Muriel General Manager of Direct Business

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) -®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a leading provider of online technology services, announced today that it has appointed Catherine Muriel General Manager of its direct-to-consumer business. Muriel will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Josh Pickus.

Muriel is a highly accomplished consumer marketing veteran. She has spent more than 20 years designing and implementing successful programs for financial services firms ranging from industry giants such as Citigroup, Prudential and Axa to category creating firms such as E-Loan, the first major online lending company, and UPromise, the largest private college savings loyalty service. Most recently Muriel served as Chief Marketing Officer of Prosper Marketplace, the country's largest peer-to-peer lending company. is currently growing its business primarily through channel partners such as retailers, PC/CE OEMs and independent software vendors. In these channel relationships, services are generally supplied under the partners' brands. The direct-to-consumer business, in which services are provided under the brand, is an important second route to market with substantial opportunity. According to Parks Associates, premium technology services are expected to grow from approximately $3.5 billion today to almost $6 billion by 2012.

"We are delighted to have an executive with Catherine's creativity, experience and drive joining our team," said Josh Pickus, President and Chief Executive Officer of "The direct business represents a large unrealized opportunity for us, and Catherine's leadership will prove pivotal in executing on that opportunity."

"With an ever expanding list of new devices that need to be connected and more cyber threats and malware coming to light each day, there is tremendous opportunity in the consumer technology services space," said Muriel. "I'm excited to be joining a company that has the technology, knowledge base and personnel to be a driving force in the market."

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