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Dec 6th 2012

Patch Welcomes Steven Kalin as President and Chief Operating Officer

We are proud to announce that we've added a new Patcher to the team! Steve Kalin will serve in the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Patch. He will also manage the edit, sales, and finance and analytics functions.

Steve joins us from Westwood One, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and President of the Metro Traffic division, managing over 3,000 affiliate relationships andmore than 1,000 employees, including a 120 person sales force, over 700 on-air traffic reporters and data specialists and a 65-person news gathering organization.

Steve is the latest addition to Patch's leadership team. In October, Leigh Zarelli Lewis joined Patch as SVP of Strategy and Business Development and Jim Lipuma joined as Head of U.S. Sales.

Patch currently has over 900 sites in 23 states, plus Washington, D.C., with over one thousand professional journalists managing those sites and over 30,000 bloggers contributing content. Find your local Patch by visiting: http://www.patch.com/

Oct 22nd 2012

Welcome to the Patch Community: Leigh Zarelli Lewis and Jim Lipuma

We are excited to share the news of two recent additions to the Patch community, Leigh Zarelli Lewis, who will join us as our new Head of Strategy and Business Development, and Jim Lipuma, who joins the team as our Head of U.S. Sales.

Leigh brings to Patch over 20 years of experience in media, strategy consulting and corporate development and an impressive career in digital product development and management. She most recently served as Vice President of Emerging Businesses at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, Leigh worked at IAC in Interactive Development where she founded Gifts.com, and oversaw its consumer operations, including merchandising, content and user experience. At Patch, Leigh will lead the strategy and business development functions, focusing on strategic partnerships and new revenue initiatives.

Jim brings more than 25 years of scaled, local sales and management experience to Patch. Jim recently served as Chief Sales Officer at Restaurant.com as well as Vice President of Sales at Monster.com, where he led the Central Enterprise Sales Division. Jim began his career at R.H. Donnelley where he led a comprehensive, top-performing local sales force. At Patch, Jim will lead our U.S. Sales team, continuing to serve our local, regional and national advertisers with innovative marketing solutions.

As Patch continues to grow with new partners and advertisers, the additions of Leigh and Jim couldn't have come at a better time. Our path forward is clear, as we strive to make Patch the best site to learn about – and engage in – the communities that impact your life.

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