SANTA MONICA, Calif. – (October 25, 1999) –™ (Nasdaq: STMP), the leader in Internet Postage™, today announced the appointment of CEO John Payne to the additional position of chairman of the board. In addition, announced the appointment of postal industry veteran Loren Smith as president and chief operating officer.

In his role as CEO, Payne has successfully positioned as the leader in Internet Postage. With more than 100,000 people pre-registered for its service, launched its software-only service nationally last week.

In his new role as president and chief operating officer, Smith brings more than 40 years of experience in marketing and operations, including having served as chief marketing officer of the U.S. Postal Service and vice president in Citibank’s Consumer Services Group. Smith has served as a member of the board of directors and as a consultant to the company since February 1999.

“As a member of the board and consultant to the company, Loren has already become a vital resource to,” said director David Bohnett, founder and former chairman of the board of GeoCities. “Loren’s broad marketing and operations experience will be a valuable addition to the senior management team of”

“ is fortunate to add Loren to its management team,” said director and former U.S. Postmaster General Marvin Runyon. “With the successful launch of the service, Loren’s addition to the organization will increase the management focus on a world-class experience for the customer.”


Founded in 1996, Santa Monica, Calif.-based is the only commercially approved true Internet Postage service. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized hardware by giving customers the flexibility to print postage over the Internet – securely, accurately and fast. Through partnerships with major companies like America Online, IBM, Microsoft, Office Depot, and 3M, has tremendous reach into the small office/home office and consumer markets. More information about the company can be found at


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