AUSTIN, Texas, May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bazaarvoice, Inc. (Nasdaq:BV), one of the world's largest shopper networks connecting consumers, brands, products and retailers, today announced the addition of two executives to the Company's executive leadership team. Gene Austin has been appointed as president, and Marc Cannon has been appointed as executive vice president of client services. The new appointments substantially advance Bazaarvoice's management capabilities to drive growth in key product areas, deliver exceptional client service and develop new business and partnership opportunities. "This is an extraordinarily exciting time for Bazaarvoice. We are creating innovative technology that addresses challenges on a magnitude typical of the world's largest search engines and social networks. Our clients see great value in our SaaS and shopper media solutions because we not only facilitate the acquisition of authentic word of mouth content and data at scale but also help them leverage the highly valuable earned media assets acquired through our network that represents an audience of hundreds of millions of shoppers," said Stephen Collins, chief executive officer of Bazaarvoice. "Great leadership and great people are essential to success in any business, and the addition of Gene and Marc will significantly enhance the outstanding team of people that serve our clients. We will continue to build our team globally to realize our tremendous global growth opportunities, and today, we have taken a big step forward in strengthening our leadership team." Driving Global Growth for the Company's SaaS Solutions Gene Austin joins Bazaarvoice's executive leadership team and will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the Company's SaaS operations, including worldwide sales, services, partnerships and business development activities. In addition, Austin will provide strategic leadership, counsel and support to the CEO and the rest of the executive leadership team for the Company's entire global operations. Austin brings more than 30 years of experience and most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Convio, Inc., where he was the driving force behind the company's success that led to an IPO and eventual sale to Blackbaud, Inc. in May 2012.