William Lansing has been named president and CEO of metasearch company InfoSpace Inc. (Nasdaq: INSP). He most recently was president and CEO of Value Vision Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VVTV), and between 2001 and 2003 served as a partner with private equity firm General Atlantic.
InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP), a leading developer of metasearch products, announced today that William Lansing, a 20-year veteran of the technology industry, has been named the company’s new president, chief executive officer and member of the board. Lansing succeeds Jim Voelker, who will retire as president and CEO of InfoSpace after more than six years of service. Voelker will remain with the company as board chairman through 2010. Both assumed their new roles Feb. 2.
“Will’s experience in recognizing strategic shifts, driving on-line growth and his reputation for being a passionate leader elevated him to the top of our list,” said Voelker. “We are thrilled to have him on board as we look to build on the successes of the last several years.”
Lansing was most recently president and CEO of Value Vision Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVTV), where he launched Shop NBC.TV, an internet video business. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a partner of General Atlantic Partners, a private equity investment firm. Prior to his tenure at General Atlantic, Lansing was CEO of NBC Internet, Inc., an integrated Internet media company. From 1998 to 2000, Lansing served as president and then CEO of Fingerhut Companies, a direct marketing company where he successfully managed the sale of the company to Federated Department Stores. Following the acquisition, he was appointed the additional role of chairman of Federated Direct, which included Macys-by-Mail and Macys.com.
“InfoSpace’s strong balance sheet, metasearch applications, consumer web sites, and its highly-talented employees will translate into attractive opportunities over the next few years,” said Lansing. “Jim has done a great job in building shareholder value during his tenure. I’m looking forward to working with the InfoSpace team and board to continue in that tradition.”
Prior to Fingerhut, Lansing was vice president of Business Development at General Electric, reporting directly to Jack Welch. Before joining GE in 2000, Lansing was the chief operating officer of Prodigy, Inc., an online joint venture of IBM and Sears, where he led a management buyout that took the company private. After starting his career as a securities lawyer, Lansing spent nine years at McKinsey & Co., during which time he rose to the position of partner in the consulting firm’s rapidly expanding information technology practice.
Lansing serves on the boards of Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), RightNow Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNOW), and Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE: FIC). He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University.
About InfoSpace, Inc.
InfoSpace, Inc., a leading developer of metasearch products, is focused on bringing the best of the Web to Internet users. InfoSpace’s proprietary metasearch technology combines the top results from several of the largest online search engines, providing fast and comprehensive search results on InfoSpace sites including Dogpile (www.dogpile.com) and WebFetch (www.webfetch.com). InfoSpace’s metasearch technology is also available on nearly 100 partner sites, including content, community and connectivity sites. More information may be found at www.infospaceinc.com.