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HighBeam(TM) Research Appoints Thomas M. Ballard As VP of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer


Former Hoover's CTO Takes Technology Helm at HighBeam Research

Bussiness Wire (10/11/2005)

CHICAGO—HighBeam(TM) Research, Inc. - operator of an online research engine for individuals (www.highbeam.com) that fills the gap between free search engines and high-end information services - announced today that it has appointed Thomas M. Ballard as vice president of engineering and chief technology officer.

Ballard comes to HighBeam Research with extensive executive-level experience in leading companies through rapid growth periods. He was most recently vice president of technology and CTO at Hoover's, Inc., a Dun & Bradstreet company that provides information about industries, companies and key decision makers. Leading the technology efforts at Hoover's since 1998, Ballard managed the development of systems and applications that took Hoover's through a period of unprecedented growth. Prior to Hoover's, Ballard served as vice president of Medianet/TradeOne, a subsidiary of Affiliated Computer Services.

At HighBeam Research, Ballard, who will be based at the company's Chicago headquarters, will manage the company's team of engineers and will lead efforts to evaluate and develop new search and publishing technologies.

Patrick Spain, chairman and CEO of HighBeam Research, said, "I first hired Tom when I was CEO at Hoover's. He did a fabulous job there during my tenure and that of two successors. I'm thrilled to be working with him again. He has proven experience in designing applications that make finding, organizing and sharing online information faster and easier and making that experience more delightful for users. His outstanding technical skills, combined with his deep management experience, make him a great match for us. We welcome him to our company."

Ballard said, "It's a pleasure to join a fast-growing, entrepreneurial company that is focused on serving the individual end-user. I look for forward to developing innovative online publishing technologies that will make HighBeam Research the best online research experience available to individual researchers."

In 2003, Ballard was named the "Austin Information Technologist of the Year" by the Austin chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Ballard holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems, with an emphasis on business management, from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).

About HighBeam(TM) Research, Inc.

HighBeam(TM) Research, Inc. operates an online research engine for individuals, filling the gap between free search engines and high-end information services. By delivering sophisticated research tools with convenient access to the free Web, paid online services and its proprietary HighBeam Library archive, HighBeam Research empowers individual researchers to efficiently find, organize and share answers. HighBeam Research is located at www.highbeam.com.