Leading Content Solution Provider Attracts E-Commerce Executive from Ingram Micro
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. April 24, 2007 - CNET Channel (http://www.cnetchannel.com), a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET), today announced that it has appointed Jonathan Merrell as vice president of product management and business development. Mr. Merrell, a 16-year veteran of Ingram Micro, brings with him multi-national e-commerce, IT and operational management experience in the high-tech industry. Most recently, Mr. Merrell was vice president of systems and engineering with Ingram Micro North America where he managed the ingrammicro.com, VentureTech Network and Nimax (now Ingram Micro Data Capture/POS Division) e-commerce sites. Reporting to Steve Parrott, general manager of CNET Channel, Mr. Merrell's appointment completes the build-out of CNET Channel's executive management team.
"Jonathan's cross-functional and global management experience with Ingram Micro and his depth of knowledge about quality and customer satisfaction has direct application to the expanding range of content solutions we're developing for channel businesses and manufacturers," said Mr. Parrott. "We look forward to his contributions, especially as we continue winning notable customers worldwide and move towards our mission to be the premier network of information content."
As the company's first vice president of product management and business development, Mr. Merrell is responsible for defining CNET Channel's products and services strategy and developing partnerships that extend the company's value as an aggregator of best-of-breed content, rich media and e-commerce services. Mr. Merrell's focus on the product and services roadmap ensures alignment with customer requirements, enabling CNET Channel to continue delivering value through innovative technologies, efficient processes and experienced leadership.
"I am thrilled by CNET Channel's opportunity to lead the industry as an information aggregator," said Mr. Merrell. "My goals for 2007 are clear – provide a one-stop shop for global channel businesses and manufacturers to source all their content, expand into adjacent and new geographic markets, and extend our lead with an innovative product and services roadmap strategy that meets or exceeds our customers' expectations."
Mr. Merrell studied computer science at the Somerset College of Art & Technology in Somerset, England, and lives in Irvine, California with his wife and three children.
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CNET Channel (www.cnetchannel.com), a division of CNET Networks, is the world's leading independent source of product information, supporting both online catalogs and traditional sales processes with detailed content on over 3.2 million technology products worldwide. Over 2,100 high technology manufacturers and channel businesses in 35 national markets depend on CNET Channel to deliver world-class content solutions that maximize their sales effectiveness and minimize the cost and complexity of providing accurate and useful product information. Customers include Best Buy, CDW, CompUSA, Dell, HP, Insight, OfficeMax, Sony, Tech Data, Zones and many more.
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