Date: January 2003
USA Interactive (Nasdaq: USAI) has reorganized its operations into three groups: Information & Services, Electronic Retailing, and Travel Services; and named three operating leaders for the Company: John Pleasants, President, Information & Services; Thomas J. McInerney, President, Electronic Retailing; and Anne M. Busquet, President, Travel Services. All three will answer to Barry Diller, Chairman and CEO of USA.The appointments of Pleasants and McInerney will be effective upon the closing of the USA Interactive-Ticketmaster merger, which was announced on Oct. 10. Busquet assumes her new position in mid-January 2003.
Pleasants will continue to be involved with Ticketmaster, Citysearch, Match.com, Evite and ReserveAmerica. Additionally, Precision Response Corporation and, upon close of the transaction, Entertainment Publications, Inc., will be part of the Information & Services group. Pleasants will be based in New York. He was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Ticketmaster. Terry Barnes, based in Los Angeles, is reassuming the CEO position at Ticketmaster, in addition to his current role as Chairman.
McInerney will have oversight of HSN, HSN.com, Home Shopping Europe, EuvÃa in Germany, as well as USA's television shopping interests in Shop Channel in Japan and TVSN in China. He will be based in New York City and St. Petersburg, Fla. McInerney was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TicketmasterBusquet will oversee a group comprised of Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, Interval International, TV Travel Shop(tm), and the forthcoming U.S. cable travel network. She will be based in New York.
—Kellie Snaith has joined the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., as the director of marketing and sales. She is a 1990 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in communications. Snaith had worked in marketing for the professional services firm, Arthur Andersen.
—Rick Davis has been promoted to operations manager of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. He had been events manager of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for Ogden IFC, which manages both venues. He was also general manager of the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
Nigel Harris has been named asset manager. He is an architect and project director. Rob Camping has been named project coordinator. He had been project manager for the Liverpool Arena in Sydney and, prior to that, was with the Seahawks Stadium, Seattle. Brent Blackman has been named business manager. He, too, has been with Ogden IFC at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
—Cheryl Schadone has been named director of marketing for the Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence (R.I.). Prior to joining that arena, she was with the Warwick (R.I.) Musical Theater. Most recently, she was marketing consultant for World Wrestling Entertainment.
BOB Johnson – 69, former superintendent of parks in Fargo, N.D., and the idea man behind the Fargodome, Dec. 21 while visiting his daughter in Colorado. He is credited with the idea for Trollwood Park, the Children's Museum at Yunker Farm, Santa Village and Metro Rec Center, among many other projects. He retired in 1996. He had been nicknamed “The Father of the Fargodome,” which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a son, eight grandchildren and an uncle who raised him in Hoople, N.D.