Posted January 9, 2008 9:41 pm by with 6 comments

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IAC will see a change of CEO for its search engine. Jim Lanzone is leaving to join venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures as entrepreneur-in-residence. Jim Safka will take over the role of’s CEO immediately, as well as retain his title as CEO of Primal Ventures, an IAC investment arm.

Safka served as CEO of IAC’s online dating unit from 2004 to 2007. He has been credited with cultivating 25 percent annual revenue growth during his tenure and an annual 52 percent rise in operating income before amortization.

In the last year, has expanded its services, launched an aggressive marketing campaign, pushed into mobile Web applications and has seen the number of unique users rise.

Lanzone has accomplished a lot during his tenure, and I’m sure Safka will soon realize that it’s not going to be easy taking market share from Google.

Best wishes to Jim Lanzone!

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  • andys

    i believe too this will be not a easy market

  • Ross Dunn

    I will miss Jim’s open attitude and kindly demeanor. I hope Jim Safka knows how big the shoes are he plans to fill. Best of luck to you Jim!! I will note this on my blog as well.

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  • Steven Bradley

    Sad to see Jim Lanzone go. And I’m sure Jim Safka is more than aware of the difficulty in taking away market share from Google. Hopefully new Jim can continue the innovation the old Jim has been bringing to Ask.

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