Ziff Davis, the digital media company with leadership positions in the
technology, gaming/entertainment and men's lifestyle verticals, and a
division of j2 Global, Inc (NASDAQ: JCOM), today announced that the
Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has elected Vivek Shah, CEO of Ziff
Davis, as the new Chairman of the IAB Board of Directors.
"I'd like to congratulate Vivek on being elected Chairman of the IAB,"
said Hemi Zucker, j2 Global's CEO. "His vision, passion, and experience
will be invaluable assets in the interactive advertising industry's
important educational, standardization, and advocacy efforts."
As Chairman, Shah will help steer the IAB in the pursuit of its five key
objectives - The Trustworthy Digital Marketing Supply Chain, Making
Measurement Make Sense, Publisher Transformation, Building Brands
Digitally, and Moving Mobile Mainstream.
"2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the internet ad banner," said Shah
in accepting the Chairmanship. "In the intervening 20 years, we've come
very far in so many ways: the number of internet users worldwide has
grown to over 2.5 billion or about 35% of the world's population; we've
created standards around units, impressions and general terms &
conditions; we've deployed a self-regulatory program for online
behavioral advertising; and we've seen the industry grow to close to $40
billion in revenues in the US."
Shah joined Ziff Davis in 2010 as the company's Chief Executive Officer
and led the sale of the company to j2 Global in November 2012. Prior to
Ziff Davis, Vivek held a series of posts of increasing responsibility
during a career of more than 14 years at Time Inc., including Group
President, Digital for Time Inc.'s news, business and sports properties;
President, Fortune/Money Group; and General Manager, Fortune/Money Group.
"I couldn't be more bullish about our industry's prospects," added Shah.
"I'm confident that our third decade will be our best yet."
About Ziff DavisZiff
Davis, Inc. is a leading digital media company specializing in the
technology, gaming and men's lifestyle categories, reaching over 120
million unique visitors per month. Ziff Davis sites include IGN.com,
PCMag.com, AskMen.com, TechBargains.com, ComputerShopper.com,
ExtremeTech.com, Geek.com, LogicBuy.com and Toolbox.com. Ziff Davis also
operates NetShelter, the largest community of technology publishers
dedicated to consumer electronics, computing and mobile communications.
Zif Davis B2B is a leading provider of online research to enterprise
buyers and high-quality leads to IT vendors. Ziff Davis successfully
partners with local publishing experts in almost 50 countries worldwide,
with its content now available in 16 languages -- including Arabic,
Chinese and Russian.
About j2 Globalj2
Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) provides Internet services through its
two divisions: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Business
Cloud Services Division offers Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted
email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications and CRM
solutions. It markets its services principally under the brand names eFax®,
and operates a messaging network spanning 49 countries on six
continents. The Digital Media Division consists of Ziff Davis Inc.,
which offers technology, gaming and lifestyle content through its
digital properties which include PCMag.com, IGN.com, AskMen.com,
Toolbox.com and others. Ziff Davis also operates NetShelter Powered by
BuyerBase, an advanced digital ad targeting platform, and Ziff Davis
B2B, a leading provider of research to enterprise buyers and leads to IT
vendors. As of December 31, 2012, j2 had achieved 17 consecutive fiscal
years of revenue growth. For more information about j2, please visit http://www.j2global.com.
About the IABThe Interactive Advertising Bureau
(IAB) is comprised of more than 600 leading media and technology
companies that are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in
the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the
growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive's
share of total marketing spend, and of its members' share of total
marketing spend. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies
and the wider business community about the value of interactive
advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and
recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on
interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in
New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. For more
information, please visit iab.net.
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