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  Anne M. Busquet
Chief Executive Officer
IAC Local and Media Services

Anne M. Busquet was named CEO of IAC Local and Media Services encompassing Evite, Citysearch, Entertainment Publications, Inc. and ServiceMagic at IAC/InterActiveCorp in February 2004. Ms. Busquet served as Senior Advisor to the Company from January 2003 to February 2004 and prior to that as President of its Travel Services group.

Prior to IAC, Ms. Busquet was President of AMB Advisors, LLC, an independent consulting firm. Previously, she was at American Express for 23 years in diverse executive positions. Ms. Busquet was President of the Interactive Services and New Businesses Division from July 2000 to April 2001, President of the American Express Relationship Services Division from October 1995 to July 2000 and Executive Vice President of the American Express Consumer Card Group since November 1993.

Ms. Busquet serves on the Cornell University Trustee's Council and Johnson School Advisory Board, on the Advisory Board of JEGI Capital and on the Invoke Solutions Board of Directors.

Ms. Busquet has an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Cornell University.

  Erik Jorgensen
General Manager, MSN Search

Microsoft Corp.

Erik Jorgensen is a general manager with MSN Search. He leads the groups responsible for development of Local Search, MSN® Virtual Earth, MapPoint® Web Service, Microsoft® Streets & Trips and Mobile Search, with the mission to provide global access to local knowledge.

He has held various positions throughout the more than 10 years hes worked at Microsoft Corp. Before joining MSN Search, he ran the MSN portal businesses, including MSNBC, MoneyCentral, Carpoint®, Slate, Travel, Sports, and HomeAdvisor®. Before that, he spent six years in Microsofts Financial Products Group, overseeing the product development, operations and marketing of Microsoft Money, MoneyCentral and financial enterprise services. In 2001, Institutional Investor named Jorgensen one of the five most influential people in the online financial services industry. He started at Microsoft in the Multimedia Games group.

Before joining Microsoft, Jorgensen worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble Co. and the Dial Corp. He has a bachelors degree from Stanford University.


Paul Levine
General Manager
Yahoo! Local

Paul Levine joined Yahoo! in April 2003 as the General Manager of Local for Yahoo!, the most visited local site online. Bringing a strong background in marketing and product management, Paul is leading Yahoo!s efforts in building new location-based features into the Yahoo! network. He is responsible for overall management of Yahoo!s current local properties, including Yahoo! Local, Maps, Yellow Pages, City Guides, Real Estate, and Classifieds.

Paul joined Yahoo! from E*TRADE Financial, where he was most recently Vice President of Product Management. Paul held numerous management positions over a 5-year period at E*TRADE in marketing and product organizations and led the development and launch of Power E*TRADE, a market-leading product/service/pricing bundle for active traders.

Paul holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Amherst College.

Caroline Little   Caroline H. Little
Chief Executive Officer & Publisher
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive

As publisher and chief executive officer, Caroline H. Little oversees WPNI's business operations. In this role, Little is responsible for directing the company's production, marketing, technology, advertising sales and operations, Jobs, Cars and Real Estate, human resources and legal teams. In addition, she works closely with team leaders in all areas in order to further develop the company.

Little joined WPNI in 1997 as general counsel. She was promoted to vice president, administration and general counsel, in 1998. She became senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel in 1999, then assumed the roles of chief operating officer in 2000 and president in 2003. In January 2004 she was promoted to CEO and publisher.

Prior to joining WPNI, Little was deputy general counsel at U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, and Fast Company (May 1993 to July 1997). While there, she was active in negotiating agreements with online service providers, licensing, multimedia syndication agreements and other areas involving circulation and marketing of the magazines. When Little worked at Applied Graphics Technologies and Applied Printing Technologies, she drafted and negotiated various financing and licensing agreements, joint venture agreements, software license agreements, production services agreements, asset purchase agreements, and other agreements for pre-press and printing companies.

Prior to that Little served as an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, working on telecommunications, corporate and real estate issues.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Little received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1981 and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1986, graduating with honors. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

  Shailesh Rao
Local Search and 3rd Party Partnerships

Shailesh Rao is responsible for Local Search, 3rd Party and Content Partnerships for Google. His responsibilities include continuing to build Google's Local Search business globally, driving Google's 3rd party channel programs, as well as managing new content partnership programs on a worldwide basis.

Prior to Google, Shailesh was VP of Products for Yodlee. Shailesh managed all aspects of product and corporate development for the OnCenter product suite, a unique PFM solution for the financial services market and Yodlee's flagship product. He also played a critical role in the ongoing advancement of Yodlee's market-leading Aggregation Platform. Previously at Yodlee, Shailesh also served as Director of Business Development, forging many of the company's strategic partnerships and channel strategies.

Prior to Yodlee, Shailesh was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting focused on corporate strategy for Fortune 500 institutions across the utility, oil & gas, telecommunications, and apparel markets. He was also in the business development group at America Online focused on new product and content strategy and partnerships.

Shailesh has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors, a BS from the Wharton School with a concentration in finance, and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management.

  Jim Riesenbach
Senior Vice President, AOL Search and Directional Media Group
America Online, Inc.

As Senior Vice President for the AOL Search and Directional Media Group since 2001, Jim Riesenbach oversees one of the key business and product groups within America Online's Web Audience division. Properties Jim directly oversees include: AOL Search; AOL Local Search and Yellow Pages; Netscape Search; Singingfish Audio/Video Search; and AOL eCommerce Search products. These properties are also central to the overall growth and success of the AOL Audience Group, which includes, AIM, MapQuest and other leading brands and services.

During his tenure at AOL, Jim has overseen a period of dramatic growth in AOLs Search and Directional Media businesses, and has launched an extensive series of product innovations and revenue growth and optimization initiatives, including the establishment of a key partnership with Google in both the sponsored links and web search areas. Jim has also driven AOL Searchs unique partnership strategy, which has been oriented toward selecting and working with multiple partners to develop and integrate new innovative technologies and business opportunities.

Jim joined America Online in 1996 and prior to his current role, served as Vice President and General Manager for AOL's Local brands, including Digital City, AOL Local and MapQuest. Before joining America Online, he spent six years with Comcast Corporation, leading consumer marketing and programming in their cable television businesses.

Jim holds a BS from Rutgers University, and has also completed executive education programs through both Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.