2007 November 14th
WhitePages.com Expands Management Team
Former executives from Amazon.com and Microsoft lead engineering and marketing efforts
SEATTLE-November 14, 2007
WhitePages.com, 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 Amazon.com, 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 WhitePages.com 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 WhitePages.com, 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 WhitePages.com, Ruthfield spent three years at Amazon.com, where he led the company's online community content initiatives, including customer reviews. He was additionally responsible for Amazon.com's direct traffic initiatives, including the automated e-mail systems that distributed more than five billion emails 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 WhitePages.com'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 WhitePages.com, 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.
"WhitePages.com 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 WhitePages.com during a high-growth year in which its free online people search database is on track to nearly double in size, further extending WhitePages.com'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.
WhitePages.com 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, WhitePages.com averages roughly 40 million unique visitors per month.
WhitePages.com, 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 WhitePages.com (www.whitepages.com), WhitePages.ca (www.whitepages.ca), 411.com (www.411.com), Address.com (www.address.com), PhoneNumber.com (www.phonenumber.com), and its 1,300 partner sites including Superpages.com, YellowPages.com 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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