Ask.com CEO leaving, president to take over role

May 12, 2009

(AP) -- The chief executive of Internet search engine Ask.com, Jim Safka, is leaving for personal reasons a little more than a year after he took the post.

Ask's current president, Scott Garell, will take on Safka's duties but not the title. Garell's title is changing to president of Ask Networks.

Safka, 41, and Garell, 44, both joined Ask in January 2008 from other parts of IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Barry Diller-led Internet services company that owns the search engine.

Safka was previously of Primal Ventures, which seeds and cultivates business opportunities for IAC. He kept that title through his time at Ask. Prior to working at Ask, Garell headed IAC Consumer Applications and Portals, which is now known as Mindspark.

Garell said in an interview that Safka will stay on through the end of May, and he expects a smooth transition.

In an e-mail to colleagues Tuesday, Safka said Garell has been part of "every major decision for Ask" since the two began working there together.

"He's a talented leader and believes in our collective cause," he wrote.

Ask is based in Oakland, Calif., while IAC is based in New York.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 bn in funding

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

IAC shares surge despite $28M quarterly loss (Update)

Apr 29, 2009

(AP) -- The recession took a bite out of IAC/InterActiveCorp in the first quarter, as revenue fell 22 percent in the Internet company's media and advertising unit, which includes the Ask.com search engine.

IAC to Launch Ask Mobile GPS Service

May 13, 2007

IAC/InterActiveCorp. said it launched on Friday a new mobile application for its Ask.com Web search service to help consumers find friends, shops and services based on their location at a given moment. "Ask Mobile GPS," or ...

Google draws upon rival ideas with search changes

Mar 24, 2009

(AP) -- Google Inc. prides itself on setting trends, but it appears to be copying some of its smaller rivals with the latest refinements to the way it displays Internet search results.

StumbleUpon's founders buy service back from eBay

Apr 14, 2009

(AP) -- Two founders of Web content recommendation service StumbleUpon said Monday they bought the company back from online auction house eBay Inc., just two years after eBay purchased the startup for $75 million.

AOL names yet another head of online ad business

May 01, 2009

(AP) -- AOL, the struggling Internet unit that Time Warner Inc. is likely to spin off, said Thursday that it will put a new executive in charge of its online advertising business - making him the fourth person to hold that ...

Recommended for you

China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 bn in funding

3 hours ago

China's top smartphone seller Xiaomi Corp. is raising more than $1 billion in a fresh round of funding, a move which would raise its valuation above $45 billion, a report said Sunday.

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

Dec 20, 2014

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

Dec 20, 2014

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.

Sony tells AFP it still plans movie release

Dec 20, 2014

Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

Dec 19, 2014

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.