January 17, 2005, 12:00 AM

Shopping.com adds four board members, including ex-MasterCard chief

Shopping.com Ltd., an online comparison shopping site, has added four independent directors to its board in the last nine months, including Alex W. “Pete” Hart, former president of MasterCard International.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

Shopping.com Ltd., an online comparison shopping site, has added four independent directors to its board in the last nine months, including Alex W. “Pete” Hart, former president of MasterCard International.

Hart, who joined the board in November, has been a consultant since 1997 to the consumer services industry, focusing on payment services and consumer finance. From 1995 to 1997, he served as chief executive officer of Advanta Corp., a consumer lending company.

Other directors are:

• Elizabeth Cross, who joined the board in December. She co-founded Ariat International Inc., a footwear and clothing brand focused on the equestrian market, and has served as its chairman and CEO since its inception in 1991.
• Lorrie Norrington, who joined last June. She has been an officer of Intuit Inc., a business and financial management software company, since 2001.
• Ann Mather, who joined last May. She served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Pixar, a digital animation studio, from September 1999 to May 2004.

Shopping.com, whose chairman and CEO Dan Ciporin is also a former MasterCard executive, was launched in 2003 as the new brand and corporate identity of Dealtime.com, founded in 1997, and Epinions.com, founded in 1999.

 

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