Ask Counts Geiger For Exec Post

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Ex-PayPal chief technology officer Chuck Geiger has taken on the executive vice-president of technology and engineering role for Ask.com.

The former eBay and PayPal man will oversee worldwide site engineering for Ask.com, the company announced. Geiger also received the reins to Bloglines, the online feed reader service Ask acquired in 2005.

Jim Lanzone, CEO of Ask, praised his new hire. “Chuck has a great balance of technology, business, and mentorship abilities that will help Ask.com’s technology groups scale domestically and internationally. With Chuck’s help and expertise, we hope to take our technology organization to the next level.”

His work at eBay looks like heady stuff. Ask said, “Geiger was responsible for creating the next generation architecture, systems, and platform at eBay.” He had been vice-president of architecture and product strategy at the online marketplace.

Geiger said he is looking forward to applying his experience at Ask, and driving further advancements for search.

Ask has seen some gains in the past year. The company has been rolling out and updating services, like the Smart Answers feature, for its search users.

Those probably helped Ask in gaining both by comScore’s measurements and NetRatings’s assessment. NetRatings credited Ask with handling 150 million US search queries in July 2006, while comScore cited 338 million US queries through the Ask network for July.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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