NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Interactive Inc. (Nasdaq: HPOL), a leading innovative global market research firm, today announced that Nathalie Perrio-Combeaux and Patrick Van Bloeme, founders of Novatris, S.A., which was acquired by the Company in 2004, have been named co-CEOs of the Company's U.K. operations, effective February 1, 2011. Perrio-Combeaux and Van Bloeme, currently co-CEOs of the Company's French operations, will take on this new role alongside their existing
responsibilities from Paris, where they are based.
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Robert Salvoni, President, International, has agreed to leave the business, effective February 4, 2011, to pursue other career opportunities. Kimberly Till, President and CEO of the Company, will oversee Canada, Europe and Asia together with the management teams in place in those geographies.
Regarding the management changes, Ms. Till said, "I am delighted that Nathalie and Patrick have agreed to assume these new responsibilities. They possess the skills necessary to reinvigorate and strategically reposition our U.K. business. Consistent with our global strategy, Nathalie and Patrick have successfully leveraged technology for product innovation to profitably grow a market research business. Under their leadership, our French business has consistently been one of our most profitable business units and was recently cited as the fastest growing market research company in France by Marketing Magazine. I am confident that Nathalie and Patrick will substantially improve the financial performance of our U.K. business over time."
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forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks detailed in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated quarterly in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q to reflect additional material risks. The Company has filed its reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and they are available under the Investor Relations section of our website at http://ir.harrisinteractive.com/. Risks and uncertainties also include the continued volatility of the global macroeconomic environment and its impact on the Company and its clients, the Company's ability to sustain and grow its revenue base, the Company's ability to maintain and improve cost efficient operations, the impact of reorganization and restructuring and related
charges, quarterly variations in financial results, actions of competitors, the Company's ability to develop and maintain products and services attractive to the market, and uncertainties surrounding compliance with certain NASDAQ listing requirements.
You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating such forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them. The forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us — and our clients — stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
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Michael T. Burns
Harris Interactive Inc.
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