Altavista Adds Lehman, Subtracts Email

SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff J. Lehman, a 20-year industry veteran, has been appointed svp of sales and chief revenue officer at AltaVista’s Internet division, the company announced this week. In his new capacity, Lehman will lead worldwide revenue generation for AltaVista’s Internet search division.

Lehman most recently served as board advisor to numerous technology and marketing companies and as CEO at JustArrive, Inc. Prior to that, he was evp, sales and chief revenue officer at Flycast Communications. He has also held senior management positions at RealNetworks, Softbank Interactive Marketing, Inc. and Ziff Davis.

“The Internet advertising market is poised for a substantial upturn and AltaVista is one of the companies that will reap the benefits,” Lehman said. “The opportunity to work with a skilled team of professionals at a focused and re-energized company was too compelling to miss.”

The new hire comes the same week AltaVista announced that its free, Web-based email service will be discontinued effective March 31, 2002.

In a letter to current email users, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company noted, “Over the past two years, AltaVista has successfully refocused its business on providing state-of-the-art, pure search technologies to the consumer and corporate markets. As a result, the company has rededicated to its original mission: providing Internet users with the world’s most comprehensive search engine and delivering relevant results, fast.”