Don Ross to Head Sales at Bankrate, Inc.
Michael Ricciardelli Named VP, Marketing
NEW YORK, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bankrate, Inc. (Nasdaq: RATE)
announced today that it has appointed Donaldson M. Ross as Senior Vice
President and Chief Revenue Officer to replace Richard Stalzer, who is leaving
Bankrate to take a new position at Interactive Corp. Bankrate also announced
that Michael Ricciardelli has joined the company as Vice President, Marketing,
a newly-created position. Mr. Ross will work in the Company's New York office
and Mr. Ricciardelli will work in Bankrate's Chicago office. Both
appointments are effective immediately.
"Don Ross has over twenty highly-successful years in print and Internet
advertising sales management," said Thomas R. Evans, President and CEO of
Bankrate, Inc. "I worked personally with Don for 10 years at U.S. News &
World Report, so I know first hand that his skill-set, experience and drive is
a perfect match for Bankrate," added Mr. Evans.
"We have created a new consumer marketing position at Bankrate for Mike
Ricciardelli," said Mr. Evans. "Mike, who joins Bankrate from
Apartments.com/Classified Ventures, will leverage his considerable talent and
experience to broadening our consumer outreach across all of Bankrate's media
properties," said Mr. Evans.
Prior to joining Bankrate, Don Ross was Senior Vice President - Sales &
Marketing for Harris Connect the foremost leader in affinity marketing for the
directory, internet and data services business in the education and
association market place. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ross held an executive
management position at zUniversity.com. Mr. Ross also worked at U.S. News &
World Report in various media sales and sales management positions for 11
years where he rose to the position of Vice President of Advertising Sales.
Before joining Bankrate, Mr. Ricciardelli was Vice President, Marketing &
Media Sales at Apartments.com/Classified Ventures where he managed all
marketing and online advertising sales efforts. Previously, Mr. Ricciardelli
was Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Development for Insurance.com,
founded in 1999 and sold in 2003 to Comparison Market.
About Bankrate, Inc.
Bankrate, Inc. (Nasdaq: RATE) ("Bankrate") owns and operates Bankrate.com,
a leading Internet consumer banking marketplace. Bankrate.com is a destination
site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes, debt
management and college finance. Bankrate is the leading aggregator of more
than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used
auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity
loans and online banking fees. Bankrate reviews more than 4,800 financial
institutions in 575 markets in 50 states. In 2005, Bankrate.com had over 46
million unique visitors. Bankrate provides financial applications and
information to a network of more than 75 partners, including Yahoo!
(Nasdaq: YHOO), America Online (NYSE: TWX), The Wall Street Journal (NYSE: DJ)
and The New York Times (NYSE: NYT). Bankrate's information is also distributed
through more than 400 national and state publications. In addition to
Bankrate.com, Bankrate also owns and operates FastFind, an internet lead
aggregator and Mortgage Market Information Services, Inc. and Interest.com,
Inc., each of which publishes mortgage guides and financial rates and
For more information contact:
Bruce J. Zanca
SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.
CONTACT: Bruce J. Zanca, SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
of Bankrate, Inc., +1-917-368-8648, or firstname.lastname@example.org