Dictionary.com Gets New Leadership in Yahoo/Microsoft VetBy: Chris Crum - December 15, 2009
Ask’s Dictionary.com has appointed a new President – Shravan Goli. He replaces Doug Leeds, who was named President of Ask.com-U.S., in October. Goli will report to Scott Garell, President of Ask Networks, and will be responsible for leading the strategy and overall business for Dictionary.com.
"Shravan’s hands-on operational expertise and innovative product development talents make him the ideal executive to take Dictionary.com to the next level of success," says Garell. "Dictionary.com had a phenomenal year, strengthening its position as the #1 trusted brand for words and word meanings, and enabling users to communicate smarter and more effectively. At the same time, Dictionary.com continues to amplify Ask’s growth by driving millions of users per month to Ask’s unique features and offerings."
Goli has over 16 years of internet and technology experience, having worked at both Yahoo and Microsoft. At Yahoo, he served as General Manager for the Yahoo! Media group, overseeing operations for Yahoo Video, and as Head of Products for Yahoo Finance. He was also instrumental in setting the Social Media vision and strategy across media properties at Yahoo!
Goli worked at Microsoft for 11 years before that, where he had management roles within the Home & Entertainment Division, and the Microsoft Business Solutions Group. He was also an early member of the MSN.com client team, where he led thelaunch of several MSN online services. Most recently, Goli was General Manager of Media Business at Slide, Inc.
"It’s a great honor to join the Dictionary.com team and to have the opportunity to build on its success as the #1 brand in online dictionaries," says Goli of his new position. "I look forward to working together to build the next-generation dictionary experience to empower millions of people worldwide with knowledge and enrich their lives every day."
Dictionary.com gets over 43 million monthly customers. The company says its iPhone and BlackBerry apps have extended the brand’s potential reach to 65 percent of US smartphone users, and that the iPhone app has been downloaded over four million times and is on Apple’s "30 Favorite Apps" list. The Dictionary.com BlackBerry app is the fourth most downloaded free app in BlackBerry’s App World, and the #2 free reference application.
This year Dictionary.com also introduced new keyword-based ad solutions, an expanded content offering, and an API.