Bazaarvoice Expands Its Media Solutions Management Team

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AUSTIN, Texas, May 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bazaarvoice, Inc. (Nasdaq:BV), the network connecting brands and retailers to the authentic voices of consumers wherever they shop, today announced the addition of two executives to build further momentum behind the company's Media solutions business. Joining the company are Scott Bender, senior vice president of Global Media Sales, and Josh Wetzel, vice president of Media Network & Business Development.

Bazaarvoice Media brings highly relevant brand messages to an estimated 100 million active consumers across shopping publishers, mobile and tablet commerce applications, and online retailers. Bazaarvoice Media's advertising management network allows advertisers to target customers by behavior, product, location and demographic, and enables retailers and publishers to easily launch and manage on-site advertising campaigns that help brands increase reach and awareness in the digital shopping aisle.

An advertising and media industry veteran, Scott Bender will lead global sales and business development for Bazaarvoice Media solutions, with responsibility for forming strategic relationships with the brand advertisers and top agencies that form the demand side of the Bazaarvoice Media business. Bender previously served as senior vice president of Sales & Business Development at IGN and has also held senior sales roles at FOX Interactive Media and Turner Broadcasting.

On the supply side of the Bazaarvoice Media business, Josh Wetzel is now responsible for sales and business development with retailers, shopping publishers and mobile commerce partners as well as leading third-party partnerships that help support and improve the Media platform. Wetzel has a successful history leading multi-disciplinary teams in the online commerce and display advertising industries, previously holding senior positions with PubMatic, eBay, Inc. and CNET Networks.

The addition of Bender and Wetzel rounds out the Bazaarvoice Media management team, which includes recognized advertising and media leaders including Longboard Media co-founders Jim Barkow and Scott Engler, and Ari Paparo, formerly the senior vice president of Product Management for AppNexus and a six-year veteran of Google and DoubleClick.

"Bazaarvoice is built around exceptionally talented people with a passion for driving innovative marketing solutions that deliver a more rewarding experience to shoppers, advertisers and retailers," said Jim Barkow, general manager of Bazaarvoice Media. "Digital media and advertising is the second pillar of Bazaarvoice's efforts to scale our network, and we're excited that we continue to draw the digital advertising industry's top talent to our growing team. Scott and Josh bring a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise with media companies that, combined with their years of leadership experience, makes them ideally suited to help lead our efforts to explore new growth opportunities and scale our business."

About Bazaarvoice

Bazaarvoice is a network that connects brands and retailers to the authentic voices of people where they shop. Each month, more than 400 million people view and share authentic opinions, questions and experiences about 70 million products in the Bazaarvoice network. The company's technology platform amplifies these voices into the places that influence purchase decisions. Network analytics help marketers and advertisers provide more engaging experiences that drive brand awareness, consideration, sales and loyalty. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney. For more information, visit, read the blog at, and follow on Twitter at

CONTACT: Media Contact: Matt Krebsbach Bazaarvoice, Inc. 512-551-6612