SEMPO Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors Who Will Serve for Two Years

Of 13 Elected, 7 Are New to SEMPO Board and 6 Have Been Elected to Return to Board

| Source: Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization

WAKEFIELD, Mass., March 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO) today announced the results of its 2010 Board of Directors election. The new Board members will begin their term on March 18, 2010.

The 13 newly elected individuals, who were elected to a two-year term, will remain on the Board until 2012. Board officers, who are elected by the Board of Directors, will be elected later in March. Announcement of officers will be made via an email blast to SEMPO members.

"Congratulations to our newly elected Board! And a big thank you to the many talented search marketing people who ran for a seat on the Board. It's gratifying to realize there is a wealth of professionals with a serious commitment to SEMPO," said SEMPO Chair of the Board Jeffrey Pruitt. "With this new Board, SEMPO will get a new burst of energy to continue its research and build upon its initiatives.

Pruitt continued, "Thank you also to the departing Board members. In giving generously of their time to evangelize for SEMPO, they have been instrumental in helping the organization reach its goals of educating the industry and spreading the word globally."

SEMPO's 2010 Board of Directors includes:

Chris Boggs, Director, Search Engine Optimization, ROSETTA

Massimo Burgio, Founder, Chief Strategist, Global Search Interactive

Bruce Clay, President, Bruce Clay, Inc.

Dave Fall, SVP Product and Operations, Clickable, Inc.

Rob Garner, Strategy Director, iCrossing

Mike Grehan, VP and Global Content Director, Incisive Media

Kristjan Mar Hauksson, Director Search, Owner, Nordic eMarketing

Motoko Hunt, President, Japanese Search Strategist, AJPR

Kevin Lee, CEO, Didit

Dmitriy Minenko, Online Specialist, Search Engine Marketing, Tourism British Columbia

Jeffrey Pruitt, CEO, Acendant

Margaret Willette, Search Marketing Manager, Intuit

Michael Y. Xu, SVP, Beijing Gridsum Technology Co., Ltd.

About the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO)

SEMPO is a global non-profit organization serving the search engine marketing industry and marketing professionals engaged in it. Its purpose is to provide a foundation for industry growth through building stronger relationships, fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research and creating a better understanding of search and its role in marketing. Representing thousands in 40 countries, SEMPO has more than 800 members. It represents the common interests of companies and consultants worldwide and provides them with a voice in the marketplace. SEMPO's education and outreach initiatives are funded in part by Yahoo!, Google, SMX, Search Engine Strategies, DoubleClick, Baidu, and MediaPost. For more information or to join the organization, visit

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Greg Jarboe