March 13, 2007 08:00 ET

Todd Watson Joins SLI Systems as Director of Global Business and Channel Development

Former Prosodie Interactive Sales Manager to Grow Channel Partner Program for Hosted Search Solutions Provider

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- SLI Systems, Inc., a provider of on-demand search services for Internet and e-commerce sites, today announced that Todd Watson, former sales executive with the global e-commerce platform company Prosodie Interactive, has joined the SLI management team as director, global business and channel development. Watson will be based in Boston, MA.

In this role, Watson will oversee the company's channel program with responsibility for growing its partner base in order to penetrate more high-profile, brand name e-commerce companies. Primarily, Watson will leverage his past experiences working with industry leaders in all aspects of the e-commerce technology ecosystem, including providers of e-commerce platform, search engine marketing and other value-add technologies such as Web analytics, email marketing and online reviews, in order to bring a more comprehensive set of solutions to SLI's customers.

"Todd's background and track record are a perfect match for us, and we're excited to welcome him aboard," said Dr. Shaun Ryan, president and CEO of SLI Systems. "His previous successes with one of our key partners -- Prosodie Interactive -- demonstrate his e-commerce industry expertise and understanding of online retailers' needs, which will benefit our partners and customers alike. We're confident that Todd's efforts will help us achieve our goals for the long-term growth and success of our partner program and customer relationships."

Prior to joining SLI Systems, Watson was sales manager for Prosodie Interactive, responsible for the entire East Coast. While at Prosodie he helped the company gain greater traction in the previously underserved northeast region, and was also credited with building new relationships with strategic partners and technology analysts, resulting in a significant increase in market awareness and lead sharing. It was at Prosodie where Watson became aware of SLI's Learning Search and Site Champion offerings, along with its superior service, as the two companies built a strong relationship around some key joint customer deployments, like Mikasa and Company and Ulta.

Prior to Prosodie, Watson was sales executive for Art Technology Group (ATG), an e-commerce software company in Cambridge, MA. At ATG he actively built relationships with strategic alliance partners and developed strong "C" level relationships on both the business and technical sides at customers such as Boston Scientific, Cablevision, CMP Media, Fidelity, MFS and Reuters America. Earlier in his career, Watson also held sales positions with Bear Stearns and Co. and HSBC Securities. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire.

More than 100 companies use SLI Systems' hosted search offerings, including Mikasa, Ulta, Tupperware, Harry and David, Smith & Hawken, NRS (Northwest River Supplies), Fright Catalog, and, among others.

About SLI Systems

SLI Systems is the developer of learning-based search technology for corporate Internet sites, e-commerce destinations and consumer Internet portals that Searches, Learns and Improves the user experience. SLI Systems' hosted site search, and automated SEO and SEM solutions empower businesses to enhance customer satisfaction while increasing sales, reducing costs and yielding valuable customer information. Unlike traditional search software, SLI Systems' patented technology continuously "learns" from the behavior of visitors over time to deliver more relevant results. Current customers include, NBC, Tupperware, VERITAS and others. SLI Systems is a privately held company, with offices in Silicon Valley, London, and Christchurch, New Zealand. For more information, visit

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