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Club Photo Appoints Two New Executives To Enhance Online Photo Sharing and Photo Finishing Landscape
Robert Free Heads Software Development; Richard Park Leads Marketing Team
SAN JOSE, Calif.—December 20, 2000— Club Photo™, Inc. ., www.clubphoto.com, providing consumers with the online photo processing and sharing services to stay connected with loved ones, today announced that two new executives have joined the team. Robert Free is Vice President of Engineering and Richard Park is Director of Product Marketing. Both report directly to Club Photo President and CEO Andrew Wei.
Free will be responsible for all engineering efforts and will lead the development of leading Internet and software photo sharing and finishing solutions. Park's responsibility will be to help drive the development and delivery of strategic product plans and associated launches, as well as marketing programs for all product lines.
"Club Photo is changing the landscape of photography by helping consumers use the Internet to enhance the processing and sharing of photos online and to stay in touch with loved ones," said Wei. "Bob's engineering leadership will help Club Photo continue to provide the most comprehensive solutions while Richard's extensive experience in digital imaging sales and marketing will be extremely valuable as we define new solutions for online sharing and finishing."
Free brings to Club Photo more than 27 years of experience in 2D/3D multimedia imaging. Prior to joining Club Photo, Free held the position of Vice President of Engineering and Production at PhotoLoft (formerly Alta Vista Technology, Inc.). Free also managed the growth, merger or reorganization of several software organizations, including ISDCorp and Live Picture. He also founded GraphComp and Grafman Productions, providing software and graphics development services to Fortune 500 companies.
"The Club Photo team has created an entirely new model for consumer and professional Internet sharing and finishing," said Free. "Together, we will create leading Internet and software technology to help define and drive the future of photography.”
Richard Park brings nearly 10 years of digital imaging-specific experience to Club Photo. Previously Park held positions at Acer Peripherals America and Acer Components, as Director of Digital Imaging, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing and Product Manager. Park held full P&L responsibility for the Acer imaging division. Park also held full responsibility for the scanner and dye-sub photo printer product lines and personnel, and was instrumental in launching the firm's color flatbed scanners. After receiving his MPA from California State University at Hayward in 1992, Park worked as account manager for Silicon Star/Abit and Classic Components, where he managed sales to OEM, distributors, exporters, and resellers.
"Club Photo is redefining how people keep and cherish their favorite moments," said Park. "I look forward to working with this 'all-star' team to further proliferate the company's vision of providing an easy and comprehensive way to capture, print, share and archive pictures over the Net."
The Award-Winning Club Photo Difference
Club Photo provides a fun place for friends and family to capture, share and relive life's special moments. The Club Photo community offers film developing, sharp prints, special photo gifts, electronic photo greeting cards, and a free personal photo Web site, to help users share the magic of pictures. Club Photo's innovative Pick Your Photos service allows users to send in film, share selected photos online in free digital "photo albums," and only order the prints they want. The company's free software tools allow users to easily organize and annotate albums on the Palm, Visor, Windows PC, or Apple platforms, then share them on a their own Web site for all to enjoy with a few clicks of the mouse.
Club Photo has aligned with key industry leaders including Palm Inc., Travelocity.com, Acer, Ricoh, Imaging-Resource, Pretec, Qwest and PalmGear.
Club Photo is located at 650 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, California and can be reached at (408) 557-6743 or http://www.clubphoto.com.
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