Press Release

Printer Friendly Version Printer-friendly view
<< Back
A9.COM Names David Tennenhouse Chief Executive Officer

Palo Alto, Calif. – February 7, 2006 – A9.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), today named Dr. David Tennenhouse the company's new Chief Executive Officer.

Tennenhouse is a renowned technologist and seasoned executive. He joins A9.com from Intel Corporation where he served as Vice President of the Corporate Technology Group and Director of Research. In addition to building Intel Research, he developed Intel's proactive computing vision, drove several Intel Capital Investments and laid the technical ground work for its new Digital Health Group.

Prior to joining Intel, Tennenhouse was Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Technology Office where he guided programs in several areas, including search, datamining, information management, machine learning and distributed computing. Additionally, Tennenhouse held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Sloan School of Management.

"I am excited to lead this terrific team of innovators," said Tennenhouse. "In a short period of time, A9.com has earned a reputation for developing unique and creative solutions to difficult search problems. Our team is committed to making major leaps forward in empowering people to find the information and products they are looking for.”

Tennenhouse earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto and completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the IEEE, an active member of numerous professional organizations, boards, and committees, and the author of numerous journal articles, research papers, and book chapters.

A9.com launched its site on September 2004 to make searching the Internet more effective. Today, A9.com helps users discover deep information from more than 200 available sources, and with the A9 Toolbar makes it easy for users to manage and organize the information they discover. In January 2005, A9.com transformed traditional Yellow Pages by introducing A9.com Yellow Pages and its "BlockView" technology that lets users virtually walk streets and see businesses from street-level. In addition to street-level images of more than a million businesses in 35 U.S. cities, A9.com Yellow Pages uses features on Amazon.com that allow users to review, rate, provide more information, create lists, and get recommendations on more than 14 million U.S. businesses. A9.com Maps brings traditional maps to life by combining driving directions and other convenient mapping tools with BlockView images of millions of places and their surroundings into a single interface.

About A9.com, Inc.

A9.com, Inc., a separately branded and operated subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., opened its Palo Alto, California office in October 2003 to research and build innovative search technologies.

About Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statement

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, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions, and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, consumer trends, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud, 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, 2004, and all subsequent filings.

Media Contact
E-mail: media@a9.com
Amazon/A9 Media Hotline: 206-266-7180