CEO, Local Matters
Perry R. Evans has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and as a director since our acquisition in October 2001 of the AccelX division of Webb Interactive Services, Inc., a portal and directory software solutions company, where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer from February 1999 to October 2001. Mr. Evans served as our Chairman from November 2001 to October 2003. In March 2000, Mr. Evans founded Jabber, Inc., an advanced XML-based messaging company co-owned by France Telecom and Intel Capital. He served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Jabber, Inc. until January 2003. Mr. Evans founded the MapQuest Publishing Group in 1994 and served as its President from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, he founded netIgnite, Inc., a company engaged in XML-based website services, which was acquired by Webb Interactive in 1999. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Evans served in various management capacities in the new media development group of RR Donnelley & Sons Company, a print and publisher services firm, related to their interactive Yellow Pages, travel and real estate products. Mr. Evans holds an M.B.A. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada and a B.A. degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.