|Amazon.com Names Udi Manber Vice President and Chief Algorithms Officer|
SEATTLE--Nov. 7, 2002--Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that Udi Manber, former chief scientist of Yahoo!, will become vice president and chief algorithms officer for the company.
Dr. Manber joins Amazon.com after four years with Yahoo!, and has taught computer science at both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona.
"Sophisticated algorithms have always been a big part of creating the Amazon.com customer experience," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "We're super pleased to welcome Udi to the team."
"Amazon.com is committed to using complex technology to improve its business and customer experience," said Dr. Manber. "I'm very happy to be joining such a talented team of computer scientists."
Dr. Manber is the author of Introduction to Algorithms - A Creative Approach, as well as more than 50 technical articles. He has developed several popular software packages and has won numerous research and teaching awards, including most recently the Usenix annual software award for "turning algorithms into tools for searching and resource discovery."
Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online at a great price. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as apparel and accessories, electronics, computers, kitchenware and housewares, books, music, DVDs, videos, cameras and photo items, toys, baby items and baby registry, software, computer and video games, cell phones and service, tools and hardware, travel services, magazine subscriptions and outdoor living items.
Amazon.com operates five international Web sites: www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr, and www.amazon.co.jp.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, strategic alliances and business combinations, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign-currency exchange rates, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, fulfillment center optimization, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001, and all subsequent filings.