TicketsNow has developed many innovative technologies that have played a key part in driving the growth of the secondary ticket market, and I'm excited to continue that legacy and build new consumer-centric technologies that bring the fun of attending a live event to the shopping experience
Rolling Meadows, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2007
TicketsNow (http://www.TicketsNow.com), the world's largest, independent, online marketplace for premium event tickets, today announced the appointment of Shawn Freeman as the company's new Chief Technology Officer and General Manager, Retail. In his role at TicketsNow, Shawn will be responsible for product strategy and development, and the operations of the company's direct-to-consumer site, TicketsNow.com.
"We are extremely pleased to have Shawn Freeman join TicketsNow," said Cheryl Rosner, President and CEO. "Shawn's experience in developing and promoting consumer-focused products and services will play an integral leadership role in evaluating how the newest and most innovative technologies will serve TicketsNow as we continue to lead the industry in providing unparalleled live entertainment experiences for consumers."
Freeman's previous roles included senior executive positions with significant responsibilities in developing and driving the online strategies for two industry-leading brands, Handango.com and Hotels.com. While serving as CTO for Handango.com, the leading smartphone content retailer, Freeman was responsible for developing the product strategy to help lead the company's strategic evolution from a content aggregator to mobile and web retailer. During his last year, he also served as the interim VP of Marketing and had P&L responsibility for the direct-to-consumer channel.
Prior to Handango, Freeman served as CIO for Hotels.com, where he led strategic product planning, engineering and IT operations. While at Hotels.com, he was a key part of a senior team that led the transformation of Hotels.com from an aggregator of discount hotel rooms to the largest online retailer of lodging in the world, with more than 20 million monthly users across the global network of sites.
In 2006, TicketsNow unveiled an innovative new platform that features customizable offerings not found within the secondary ticketing industry, allowing customers to easily locate and buy their tickets, as well as plan and remember every element of their event.
"TicketsNow has developed many innovative technologies that have played a key part in driving the growth of the secondary ticket market, and I'm excited to continue that legacy and build new consumer-centric technologies that bring the fun of attending a live event to the shopping experience," said Freeman.
TicketsNow has had a very active two years to date. In April, the company closed on its first round of institutional funding by raising $34 million from a series of venture capital firms. The company is currently a finalist in the prestigious Red Herring 100 global award and recently was named to Crain's Chicago Business' Fast Fifty.
Established in 1999, TicketsNow is the world's largest, most trusted marketplace for premium event tickets. More than 90% of all professional ticket agencies that list, buy, and sell secondary event tickets online utilize software developed by TicketsNow--creating the most comprehensive database of secondary event tickets in the world. Named in 2004 and 2006 to the Inc. 500 Index of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S., TicketsNow is a premium ticket provider for USA TODAY, Fandango, and AOL; an official sponsor of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars; an official sponsor of University of Louisville Athletics, Arizona State University Athletics, Texas Christian University Athletics, University of Cincinnati Athletics, and a corporate partner of Princeton University Athletics; a member of the Better Business Bureau; and a founding member of the NATB, which promotes the highest level of ethics in the secondary ticketing marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.TicketsNow.com .