Earth Class Mail Adds Key Managers for Swiss Post Deployment, Expansion of U.S. Retail Customer Base

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New hires to drive implementation of licensed online postal-mail platform in Europe, new online-marketing initiatives domestically

Earth Class Mail, the world's leading provider of Internet-powered postal mail, announces the hiring of international product-management veteran Steve Zitkovich for the upcoming European rollout of the company's technology platform by Swiss Post's new online postal-mail division, Swiss Post Box. Earth Class Mail has also hired online and performance-based marketing executive Ross Valenti as Director of Interactive Marketing to manage customer acquisition and affiliate development for its U.S.-based retail business.

As International Program Manager, Zitkovich will use his European experience and language skills to help facilitate the deployment later this spring of Earth Class Mail's licensed platform to customers in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Liechtenstein; future deployment is planned in 11 additional countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Zitkovich comes to Earth Class Mail after spending most of the past 12 years in program, product and e-commerce management in various European countries for companies including Getty Images, Ofoto and Zefa Visual Media. He was most recently an International Program Manager at Microsoft, where he focused on localization projects for the company's Central Marketing Group.

"This is an exciting time for the company as we dramatically extend our market reach through the licensing of our technology platform to national postal operators like Swiss Post," said Earth Class Mail CEO Ron Wiener. "Steve brings to our product team the kind of exceptional talent required to manage complex IT and physical automation-system deployments in highly diverse international environments, and to assure that our global partners will be successful in their launch executions."

Valenti will oversee Earth Class Mail's programs and initiatives in online advertising, SEO/SEM, affiliate sales, compliance-centric email marketing, lead generation, and CPA-based consumer marketing. Prior to joining the company, he held various marketing and program-management positions in the desktop-software, consumer-electronics and biomedical-equipment industries, working with such partners as Digital River, TrialPay, and Systweak.

"Our retail ('walk up to the web') business continues to grow nicely month to month," said Wiener, "as the economy drives more people to start new small businesses, all businesses seek to reduce costs and become 'greener,' and consumers continue to adopt a more mobile, digital and sustainable lifestyle. We're looking forward to seeing Ross's talents brought to bear on innovative new online-marketing approaches to deliver even greater customer growth while making our marketing dollars stretch farther."

About Earth Class Mail
Earth Class Mail™ ( offers and licenses a service that lets customers to access and manage their postal mail online, 24x7, with benefits ranging from mobility and convenience or a business presence at a fraction of the cost of an executive suite to cost-savings and productivity. Earth Class Mail's system digitizes envelopes at midstream of the delivery process, presenting two-sided color images of incoming envelopes to customers via email and in customers' secure online accounts. Then, for each new mail item, customers can use Earth Class Mail's patent-pending Recipient Choice™ technology to have the item opened and the contents confidentially scanned for secure online viewing, or to have it shredded, archived, delivered to the right desk, transferred to another person without need of interoffice mail systems, or forward-shipped to another location without delay. For enterprises and government agencies, the system digitizes paper mail at its entry point, injecting it directly into an organization's electronic workflow and saving 75% of typical document lifecycle costs. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

For More Information:
David Widner, Director of Marketing Communications, (206) 905-2414
June Parina, Sparkpr for Earth Class Mail, (415) 321-1872
Paula Santos, SPR Europe, a Sparkpr company for Earth Class Mail, +44 (0) 20 7033 7759


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