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Max Smith Named President and Chief Operating Officer
LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 31, 2000—TechRepublic (, the leading online destination developed exclusively for IT professionals by IT professionals, announced today that Max Smith, a former senior executive at Gartner, has been named president and chief operating officer. Tom Cottingham, who founded TechRepublic in 1998, will remain as chief executive officer.

“We are excited to add an individual with such solid credentials to the TechRepublic senior management team,” said Cottingham. “I have known Max Smith for years and have been extremely impressed with his ability to develop and grow new areas of business. As we enter an exciting new stage in TechRepublic’s development, Max’s leadership and strategic business sense will be a key component to our future success.”

The president and COO post is a newly created position at TechRepublic, responsible for business development, marketing, membership, sales, and product management. Smith will focus on achieving TechRepublic’s short- and long-term business goals and objectives, including expanding TechRepublic’s e-commerce offerings. Smith will also assist Cottingham in planning the future strategic direction of the company and in identifying and securing new investment and acquisition opportunities.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join a rapidly growing and successful company,” stated Smith. “TechRepublic’s strong business model has quickly captured a significant portion of the IT mindshare. In just over a year, has grown from a user base of zero to an interactive community of more than 700,000 registered IT professionals. This is a significant achievement in such a short amount of time. I look forward to joining Tom and the TechRepublic team as we continue to build on this early momentum.”

Smith most recently served as senior vice president of business development at GartnerGroup, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB), where he was responsible for worldwide mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. Prior to joining Gartner in 1998, Smith was vice president of business development of World Color Press, where he oversaw numerous major acquisitions prior to that company’s initial public offering. He has also held executive-level positions with General Motors and The Bank of New York. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Cottingham and Smith have a history of successfully working together in business. According to Cottingham, this was a key factor in the selection of Smith. “We know each other and work together well,” Cottingham said. Most recently, Cottingham and Smith led negotiations that resulted in Gartner’s acquisition of TechRepublic in March. While TechRepublic will continue to operate as an independent company, Smith intends to capitalize on his Gartner experience. “Our unique relationship with Gartner, including access to Gartner’s rich network of content and analysts, is something I intend to fully leverage at TechRepublic. This will provide us a tremendous competitive advantage as we move TechRepublic forward.”

About TechRepublic
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