NEW YORK, 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 New York.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.