Al Angrisani to Serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Interactive®
NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Interactive Inc. (Nasdaq: HPOL), a global custom market research firm, today announced that Al Angrisani will serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and will join the Board of Directors of the Company, as Vice Chairman, effective immediately. Mr. Angrisani has served as the Company's Interim Chief Executive Officer since June 7, 2011.
Mr. Angrisani commented, "Since last June we have made progress initiating the turnaround program and improving the Company's cash and liquidity position. Much work needs to be done, but my decision to serve as President and CEO demonstrates my strong belief in Harris and the Harris brand. I look forward to working with the management team, employees, and the Board of Directors to improve shareholder value through the execution of a successful turnaround program."
Howard Shecter, Chairman of Harris Interactive (HPOL)'s Board of Directors, said, "I am pleased that Al has agreed to become President and CEO of the Company through June 30, 2014. Al's leadership has already had a tremendous impact on the Company and is critical to our ability to successfully execute the turnaround program."
Additional details regarding Mr. Angrisani's appointments can be found in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in more than 215 countries and territories through our North American and European offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
Michael T. Burns
Harris Interactive Inc.
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