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June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Interactive (NASDAQ: HPOL), a leading global custom market research firm, today announced the appointment of
Al Angrisani as its Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Angrisani succeeds
Kimberly Till, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since
October 2008. Mr. Angrisani has agreed to serve as the Company's Interim Chief Executive Officer through
June 30, 2012 and, subject to mutual concurrence, as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer for the fiscal year commencing
July 1, 2012 and ending
June 30, 2013.
Howard Shecter, Chairman of Harris Interactive's Board of Directors, said, "I have known Al for more than 15 years and am pleased to welcome him back to
Harris. He has an outstanding reputation as a corporate turnaround executive, a proven track record of success in enhancing shareholder value, and significant market research industry experience. Given his recent consulting assignment, which involved conducting a review of
Harris' strategy and operations, we believe that he understands what steps
Harris must take to improve its performance and fully leverage its strong brand and innovative culture to benefit its clients and shareholders."
Mr. Angrisani currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Angrisani Turnarounds, LLC, an advisory firm for underperforming companies. Mr. Angrisani served as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Greenfield Online, a provider of global consumer attitudes about products and services, from
September 2005 until it was acquired by the Microsoft Corporation in
October 2008, and then provided consulting services to Microsoft Corporation related to the acquisition until
September 2009. Between
November 2001 and
April 2004, Mr. Angrisani served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Harris Interactive. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Research Corporation from
July 1998 through the Company's merger with Harris Interactive in
November 2001. Earlier in his career, Mr. Angrisani served as President Reagan's U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor and Chief of Staff, and as a Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank in
Additional details regarding Mr. Angrisani's appointment and Ms. Till's departure can be found in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.