ONELIST APPOINTS NEW CEO AND ROUNDS OUT EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Experienced Industry Players Strengthen Leadership in Internet Communities
October 19, 1999, Redwood City, Calif. – ONElist (http://www.onelist.com), the leading provider of active Internet communities, today announced Michael Klein as President and CEO, effective immediately. Founder and acting CEO Mark Fletcher will remain as Chairman and will focus on the ONElist service as Vice President of Technology.
Michael Klein is a veteran technology CEO with the experience to shape ONElist’s explosive growth and e-commerce initiatives. Mr. Klein has been the CEO and founder of two successful companies: MIBEK Corporation, a developer of financial modeling and analysis software, acquired in 1992; and Transoft Networks, the world’s leading supplier of storage area networking (SAN) software, acquired by Hewlett Packard in May of 1999. Michael’s accomplishments have garnered him numerous industry awards, such as the California State Legislature’s 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year distinction and the South Coast Business Technology’s 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Companies led by Michael have placed in Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500, Software Magazine’s Software 500 and Deloitte & Touche’s prestigious Fast 50. Michael has a BA in International Relations from the University of California, as well as JD and MBA degrees.
“We’re thrilled to have Michael Klein lead what is quickly becoming one of the most important Internet companies,” said Jan Buettner, General Partner at Bertelsmann Ventures. “Michael demonstrates an exceptional ability to guide new ventures to prosperity, and as ONElist moves towards its next phase of expansion, Michael’s talent and industry knowledge will ensure its continued success.”
“ONElist is the category leader in providing Internet communities,” said Michael Klein, ONElist’s President and CEO. “We will leverage this position of leadership to add innovative services for our nearly 8 million members, unique e-commerce opportunities for our partners, and extraordinary revenue sources for our investors.”
In addition to Mr. Klein’s CEO appointment, ONElist also announced several other senior management team members. Frank Mara, formerly President and Chairman of Component Integration Laboratories and an executive at Apple Computer, has joined as ONElist’s new Vice President of Marketing; Rikk Carey, a founding partner of listen.com, co-author of the VRML International Standard and a previous director at Silicon Graphics, is Vice President of Engineering; and Marcus Riecke, formerly a Vice President at America Online Germany, is now the General Manager of ONElist Europe.
“This all-star group rounds out our management team,” said Mark Fletcher. “ONElist is leading the Internet community services sector, and these new executives are instrumental in taking ONElist through our next phase of growth.”
Vice President of Engineering, Rikk Carey, has more than 18 years of experience developing software and managing technical teams. Among his many accomplishments, Rikk is one of the founders of the VRML movement; co-author of the VRML International Standard; Inaugural President of the Web3d Consortium; co-author of the book “The Annotated VRML Reference”; and co-founder of listen.com, a directory of online music started in 1998. From 1989 to 1996, Rikk was Director of Engineering at Silicon Graphics, where he led a variety of software projects including Open Inventor and Cosmo.
Marcus Riecke, General Manager of ONElist Europe, will oversee the development of ONElist’s brand and member base in Europe. Before joining ONElist, Marcus was formerly the Vice President of New Business at America Online Germany. Before joining AOL, Marcus was Managing Director of Lycos Germany.
Frank Mara, Vice President of Marketing, has over 14 years experience in the computer industry in both technical sales and marketing executive positions. Most recently, he served as President of Component Integration Laboratories, a standards organization dedicated to Internet- and intranet-based distributed component software. Previously, he has held senior-level marketing and sales management positions with Apple, The Santa Cruz Operation and IBM.
ONElist is the leading provider of active Internet communities, where members with common interests get together to inform, discover and collaborate. ONElist has nearly 8 million registered members who host more than 250,000 unique communities and exchange more than 1million emails/hour. Through these free discussion groups, ONElist provides specialized services and e-commerce solutions tailored to each community. Launched in 1998, ONElist is a privately held company based in Redwood City, CA. The company received venture funding from @Ventures III, the affiliated venture capital arm of CMGI, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMGI) and Bertelsmann Ventures, the independent venture capital fund of Bertelsmann AG. For more information about ONElist, visit http://www.onelist.com.