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Rich Tomko Named CEO of Snooth Media, Home of the Largest Wine Site


Date: 11/02/10

Snooth Media, producer of Snooth (snooth.com), the largest wine site on the web and The Spirit (thespir.it), a new cocktail and spirit destination, announces the appointment of Rich Tomko as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Tomko succeeds Founder Philip James, who remains as a strategic advisor and Chairman of the board of directors.

A 15-year industry veteran, Tomko joins Snooth from Time Inc., where he served as General Manager of Time Inc.’s MyRecipes Network and as Vice President of Business Development for the Lifestyle Group, which includes CookingLight.com and RealSimple.com. In this role, he oversaw the development of Time Inc.’s digital food business into a category leader and doubled the audience for the portfolio. Prior to Time Inc., Tomko lead CNN.com’s business development efforts, overseeing all non-advertising related revenue generation, content licensing, and distribution partnerships.

"I’ve worked with Rich since his days at Time Inc. and it gives me great pleasure to bring on an executive of his caliber to lead Snooth Media," says Phillip James. "In the last several months, Snooth has had impressive results - strong traffic gains of 35%, page views are up 75%, and time spent on site is up 20%. We've seen triple-digit revenue growth for 2010 and I am confident that Rich’s leadership and proven experience in building digital businesses is the right formula to bring us to the next level."

Tomko comments, "It's an exciting time at Snooth. With the recent launch of the innovative and widely acclaimed iPhone app, Snooth Wine Pro, and the expansion of our product portfolio into new lifestyle categories with The Spirit, Snooth Media is positioned to continue to grow.”



About Snooth Media:

Snooth Media (snoothmedia.com) is a collection of epicurean lifestyle properties that combine strong, relevant editorial information with interactive social components. With a total audience reach of over 10 million monthly users, Snooth Media includes: Snooth – the world’s largest wine site and The Spirit – the web’s most comprehensive cocktail destination. With over one million wines and two million reviews, Snooth is a resource for wine enthusiasts of all levels looking to discover new wines, read reviews, and buy locally. Snooth’s proprietary technology pairs specific recipes with expert wine recommendations and also powers wine pairings for some of the largest recipe sites on the web. The Spirit features over 20,000 cocktail recipes, allowing users to rate their favorites, submit their own variations, and discover new libations by searching key ingredients. Snooth Media is headquartered in New York City.

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