Former Google Executive, Marc Duijndam Joins eBuddy

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eBuddy taps former Google executive, Marc Duijndam to work collaboratively with the company's senior management team to accelerate worldwide sales growth and strategic channel development.

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Marc's proven track record of successful leadership in growing internet businesses is extremely relevant to eBuddy, and we are delighted to have him on board. This appointment is a key part of the team we are building to drive the next stage of our development, demonstrating our commitment to accelerating our growth on a worldwide scale.

eBuddy, the world's leading independent provider of web and mobile instant messaging (IM), today announced that it has tapped former Google Netherlands executive, Marc Duijndam, to join eBuddy in a highly strategic support role where he will work collaboratively with the company's senior management team and will focus specifically on accelerating worldwide sales and channel development for eBuddy.

Mr. Duijndam brings a wealth of Internet and technology experience having previously worked nearly 6 years for Google. He joined Google in 2002 as Country Manager, Benelux where he was the first employee hired, and served as Country Director, Netherlands in his most recent role. Prior to joining Google, he worked as a sales manager for Ilse Media, the largest Internet publisher in the Netherlands.

Jan-Joost Rueb, CEO and founder of eBuddy states: "Marc's proven track record of successful leadership in growing internet businesses is extremely relevant to eBuddy, and we are delighted to have him on board. This appointment is a key part of the team we are building to drive the next stage of our development, demonstrating our commitment to accelerating our growth on a worldwide scale."

Commenting on the new appointment, Mr. Duijndam adds: "I believe there is enormous potential to extend the eBuddy brand into new partnerships, markets and geographies, and I'm delighted to be working with a strong management team that is as passionate about growth as I am. I look forward to lending strategic vision and support to ensure we are meeting our global customers needs whilst building upon our enviable reputation as one of Europe's fastest growing private companies."

About eBuddy
eBuddy created the world's first, independent, web browser-based instant messaging service. Its patent-pending technology enables 16M monthly global visitors with AIM, GoogleTalk, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! IM accounts to chat free of charge in one, aggregated interface-no downloads required! eBuddy's mobile IM client offers both a J2ME and browser-based IM service and allows 2M unique monthly user's access on their mobile phone, independent of carrier or device via WAP or mobile Internet browser. eBuddy is headquartered in Amsterdam with satellite offices in London and San Francisco, and is a privately-held company backed by Prime Technology Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners.

For further information, please contact:
Mindy M. Hull, Communications Officer
EU: +31 20 514 1420, ext 26
US: +1 415 889 9977

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