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TMCNet:  Zinio Forms Board of Directors

[December 20, 2012]

Zinio Forms Board of Directors

Dec 20, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Zinio announced the formation of a Board of Directors and the expansion of its executive leadership team.

In a release dated Dec. 17, the Company said that a six-person board has been formed, including David Gilmour, Arthur Becker, Bill Grabe, Bill Gray, David MRoth and Rusty Lewis.

Lewis has been appointed Chief Executive Officer adding to his duties as Executive Chairman.

Michelle Bottomley has been appointed President of the company. Co-founder Rich Maggiotto will partner closely with Lewis and Bottomley to drive strategic initiatives and product innovations as Chief Innovation Officer.

"Zinio has never been in a better position to lead the future of digital publishing," Lewis said. "We have a tremendous team and a unique set of content and technology from which to scale this business. Zinio is going to continue to build game-changing experiences for our partners and for our users." Bottomley said, "Zinio has achieved significant consumer and industry support as the top rated magazine reading app from the Online Marketing Institute, and four-star ratings in iTunes and Android app stores alike. Zinio was crowned the 'digital magazine leader' in a comparative review in Inc. magazine. The next transformation of the digital publishing and advertising industries will be fueled by a unique combination of convenience, discovery and content experiences that delight digital readers. Zinio delivers these, and is committed to encouraging readers to explore great magazine content and deepen their passions through that exploration. I'm excited to be part of the team that will take Zinio to the next level for our partners and our consumers." Lewis has been an Executive in Residence with the private equity group of Brown Brothers Harriman since October 2011 and, prior to that, he served as EVP of Strategic Development at VeriSign where he oversaw marketing, strategy and government affairs. He also held the position of EVP and General Manager VeriSign's Naming Business Unit, the group managing the authoritative database of all .com and .net names and IP addresses on the Internet. Before joining VeriSign, he served as the President and CEO of Transcore. He has served on the boards of a public oil and gas exploration company, a public robotics company and several private equity and venture backed companies.

Bottomley's experience in consumer-centric business transformation began at Digitas, followed by leadership roles at Epsilon and Ogilvy and Mather NY.

Gilmour's career includes the founding or co-founding of: The South Pacific Hotel Corp., Barrick Gold Corp., Fiji Water, the Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji, and Wakaya Perfection.

Becker is the Vice Chairman of Zinio. He is the former CEO of NaviSite, and remains a major shareholder. He has been a Director of Vera Wang Group for six years.

Grabe is retired Managing Director of General Atlantic. Prior to General Atlantic, he was responsible for IBM's US Marketing and Services and was a founding member of the board of ISSC. He continues to support GA as an Advisory Director.

Gray is retired CEO North America of Ogilvy Group. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Portfolio Operations Group.

Roth is the current CEO of The Wakaya Group, and former Chairman of the California Student Aid Commission.

Zinio is a provider of digital transformation for the publishing and advertising industry.

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