November 14, 2007 08:00 ET Expands Management Team

Former Executives From and Microsoft Lead Engineering and Marketing Efforts

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) -, the popular website for searching, finding and connecting with people, today announced it has expanded its management team by adding two new executives. Scott Ruthfield, formerly of, is the new vice president of engineering and technology, and John Lusk, formerly of Microsoft, has been appointed the company's first vice president of marketing. They bring more than 25 years' experience at leading technology companies and will be instrumental in enabling to build on its position as the industry's most comprehensive consumer people search application.

Scott Ruthfield has spent more than a decade managing 24x7 operations and technical teams. As vice president of engineering at, he is responsible for the company's technical strategy, software development, quality assurance, and internal and external technical operations. He manages a 50-person technical staff and reports to founder and CEO Alex Algard.

Prior to, Ruthfield spent three years at, where he led the company's online community content initiatives, including customer reviews. He was additionally responsible for's direct traffic initiatives, including the automated email systems that distributed more than five billion e-mails each year.

With 15 years' experience in brand creation and marketing, John Lusk has a proven track record in developing integrated consumer marketing programs, driving online traffic and monetizing users. He is responsible for's brand development; developing integrated advertising, marketing and public relations programs; and consumer acquisition and research. He reports to Max Bardon, president and COO.

Before, he spent four years at Microsoft, where he managed the company's mid-market customer acquisition efforts and, most recently, ran marketing for the Windows Live Messenger product. In 2002, Lusk wrote the best-selling book "The MouseDriver Chronicles," which is required reading at more than 100 MBA programs worldwide. An accomplished public speaker, he has presented to product marketing and entrepreneurship classes at leading universities, including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Columbia and Cornell.

" is the proven leader at providing consumers with a high-quality experience for finding and connecting with friends, family and colleagues," said Algard. "The addition of Scott and John to the executive team will enable us to continue delivering innovative services for our users and infuses our talented team with top-notch leadership in engineering and marketing."

Ruthfield and Lusk join during a high-growth year in which its free online people search database is on track to nearly double in size, further extending's lead in building the industry's most comprehensive database. The company is undergoing a search for a chief financial officer to round out the executive team in 2008 and support its next stage of growth. achieved nearly 1,500 percent revenue growth between 2002 and 2006. On track to exceed $65 million in revenue in 2007, the company has consistently been recognized as one of the fastest growing private technology companies in North America by several organizations including Inc. and Deloitte & Touche. One of the top 50 sites on the Web, averages roughly 40 million unique visitors per month.

About, a privately held company based in Seattle, is the most trusted and comprehensive source for consumers to quickly and easily find relevant, accurate contact information in North America. The company's network of sites include (, (, (, (, (, and its 1,300 partner sites including, and Canada411. The on-the-go user can also access contact information via cell phone, BlackBerrys and other web-enabled mobile devices.

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