Mark Stockford, Ask.com New Senior VP Of Operations

Ask.com has appointed Mark Stockford as the new senior vice president of operations today. Stockford will be responsible for the planning and operations of technology and engineering departments at Ask.com as well as all of Ask.com’s data center operations.

Stockford previously held employment at eBay, PayPal and Excite@Home. Chuck Geiger, executive cp of technology and engineering of Ask.com said, “Mark’s diverse background and extensive experience in both the operational and technological aspects of networking engineering is a welcome addition to Ask.com.”

Here is the full release:

OAKLAND, Calif., May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Ask.com(R), a wholly-owned business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) , today announced that Mark Stockford has joined as senior vice president of operations. In his new position, Stockford is responsible for providing strategic and tactical planning for Ask.com’s technology and engineering department as well as the development, evaluation and coordination for Ask.com’s data center operations. Mark joins Ask.com with nearly 20 years of relevant network engineering experience from leading technology companies such as eBay, PayPal and Excite@Home.

“Mark’s diverse background and extensive experience in both the operational and technological aspects of networking engineering is a welcome addition to Ask.com,” said Chuck Geiger, executive vice president of technology and engineering of Ask.com. “Mark will be an asset in the continued development of Ask.com’s data center technologies, and his enthusiasm and expertise in network, data center and engineering operations will help us continue the momentum of expanding our operations, while keeping Ask.com’s edge in developing innovative technology.”

Before joining Ask.com, Stockford served as senior director of network and data center services at eBay, Inc. In this role, Stockford was responsible for the design, implementation and support services of network and security engineering for eBay.com’s world wide IT operations. Additionally, Stockford was responsible for the company’s international data center operations and oversaw their China Operations Center. Prior to his tenure with eBay, Stockford held multiple positions with Excite@Home, including acting vice president of network engineering and senior director of network engineering. Stockford has also held positions with Stanford Health Services and UCSF Stanford.

“Ask.com has been at the forefront of many innovations and advancements in technology, and I am thrilled to be a part of the company’s future,” said Stockford. “Joining Ask.com will allow me to capitalize on the company’s existing strengths, while helping to further develop the technological infrastructure to keep Ask.com in the forefront of search.”

Stockford received his B.S. in Business Administration from California Sate University, San Jose.

About Ask.com

A leading search engine on the Web, Ask.com combines world-class search technology with one-of-a-kind search tools to help people get what they are looking for faster. Ask.com sites include Ask.com US (http://www.ask.com/ ), Ask.com Deutschland, Ask.com Espana, Ask.com France, Ask.com Italia, Ask.com Japan, Ask.com Nederlands and Ask.com UK. Additionally, Ask.com syndicates its search technology and advertising units to a network of affiliate partners. Ask.com is a division of IAC Search & Media, a wholly-owned business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) . Ask.com b-roll footage is available at http://www.thenewsmarket.com/ask.

Related Topics: Ask: Business Issues | Channel: Industry

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