Autobytel Appoints William Ferriolo as Executive Vice President of Consumer Acquisitions

IRVINE, Calif., April 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), a leading provider of online automotive services connecting consumers with dealers, has promoted William Ferriolo to the new position of executive vice president, consumer acquisitions.

Ferriolo joined Autobytel in September 2010 as Vice President, Cyber Ventures Division after the company's acquisition of Cyber Ventures, Inc. and Autotropolis, Inc. (collectively referred to as "Cyber"). Ferriolo was later promoted to Senior Vice President, Consumer Acquisitions in December 2011. Prior to joining Autobytel, Ferriolo served as President and Co-Founder of Cyber, where he was responsible for search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), dealer accounts and sales.

"Since joining Autobytel in 2010, Billy has been an exceptional leader for our consumer acquisitions team," said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel. "His highly successful development of complex SEO and SEM techniques have been a vital part of our growth. He has also led numerous initiatives that significantly enhanced our lead generation capabilities, and has continued to build and develop his team with additional highly skilled personnel. Billy brings the right talent, experience and leadership to our executive group, and we expect his vision and skilled execution to continue supplementing our growth in the years to come."

Prior to co-founding Cyber, Ferriolo held several leadership positions in the automotive industry, including Service Manager and High Line Sales Associate for Dimmitt Automotive Group, as well as Service Advisor for the Carlisle Automotive Group.

In connection with Ferriolo's promotion, the company and Ferriolo have agreed to extend his employment with the company until at least March 31, 2018.

About Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States. The company also provides consumers with robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive Internet in 1995 with its flagship website, and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and has helped every major automaker market its brand online. Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news alerts and special event invitations by accessing the online registration form at

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