Craig Pisaris-Henderson
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Craig Pisaris-Henderson

Chairman/CEO, FindWhat.com

Craig Pisaris-Henderson is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of FindWhat.com, Inc., a global leader in developing and providing performance-based marketing and commerce enabling services. A Florida native, Pisaris-Henderson applied an unyielding work ethic learned in his younger years with a strong sense of family ... more

Craig's Bio

Craig Pisaris-Henderson is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of FindWhat.com, Inc., a global leader in developing and providing performance-based marketing and commerce enabling services. A Florida native, Pisaris-Henderson applied an unyielding work ethic learned in his younger years with a strong sense of family to take a unique vision and develop it into one of the fastest growing companies in North America. Craig has championed a team-based approach with a “100% In” mentality. The result – a culture of competitive cooperation – has proven to be one of the key elements of his success and that of the Company he leads. Under Pisaris-Henderson’s leadership, FindWhat.com has been able to achieve numerous accomplishments, including rapid revenue and profitability growth, industry-leading innovation and superior returns to shareholders, always balanced by a sense of fairness, honesty and ethical clarity. As one of the survivors of the dot com bubble, FindWhat.com’s success can rightly be credited to Pisaris-Henderson’s entrepreneurial spirit and decisive, yet measured, action in a sometimes unforgiving industry. The results speak for themselves. Since 1999, the Company has grown revenue approximately 16,000% and in doing so has been named one of the fastest growing Company’s in North America in both 2003 and 2004 within The Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies. Still, the success experienced by FindWhat.com after emerging from the toughest years of a nascent company was greeted by Pisaris-Henderson not with complacency, but rather a firm resolve to achieve ever greater results, while distinguishing FindWhat.com from its peers. In following this mandate, the FindWhat.com team has increased revenue sequentially for the last 20 consecutive quarters, and has increased EBITDA sequentially for the last 14 consecutive quarters. Further, despite operating in an industry with significantly larger competitors, FindWhat.com has led its peers by being the first to develop and introduce an analytical tool which reports the exact return on an advertising investment, by being the first and only company to offer a private label solution for large companies seeking to offer paid listings, and by being the first and only company to offer both pay-per-click and pay-per-call paid listings, allowing businesses to reach prospects on the Internet whether they have a website or not. By being first, FindWhat.com has excelled. Pisaris-Henderson has also led the effort to diversify the Company’s sources of revenue, both geographically and into complementary product offerings. FindWhat.com has achieved this through both internal development and via an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy, successfully integrating the operations of five different companies in the first nine months of 2004 alone. Serving more than 100,000 clients in 10 different countries, FindWhat.com has become the largest independent provider of keyword-targeted paid listings in the world.

Mr. Pisaris-Henderson has also held the positions of president and chief technology officer at FindWhat.com and its predecessor. Prior to FindWhat.com, he also served as chairman and chief executive officer of E-Troop.com, an Internet company focused on business-to-business solutions, including multimedia Internet content, site architecture and local content distribution services.

Pisaris-Henderson frequently provides his expertise to various investment firms on Wall Street and to the Internet/Technical community. He is the recipient of the 2003 Ernst and Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, the board of directors for the YMCA of Lee County and a trustee of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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