BioSpace.com ([http://biospace.com]) Wednesday announced the appointment of Les Mann to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, reporting directly to Timothy Fredel, CEO of BioSpace.com. Mann, 48, is currently Senior Vice President of Merchant Sales and Integrated Solutions at Visa U.S.A., and will officially begin his new position at BioSpace.com on January 3, 2000.
“Les Mann represents a key hire for BioSpace.com because his major responsibility will be to expand our e-commerce services to life science industry enterprises and end-users,” said Timothy Fredel, CEO of BioSpace.com. “His experience at Visa and in supply chain management will also be a tremendous asset in our efforts to serve our customers, including our newest and biggest customer, the National Institutes of Health.”
Prior to working nine years at Visa, Mann’s experience included a decade at American Hospital Supply. He is well respected in the industry and brings a valuable skill set to BioSpace.com during the critical period of the company’s growth into e-commerce.
“BioSpace.com is not the first Internet company to enter the life sciences e-commerce competition, but it has the best business model to support a healthy buyer-seller relationship for both the enterprise and the end-user,” said Les Mann. “This, combined with their website’s breadth of content and services supporting the life sciences community will enable BioSpace.com to become the preferred value-added resource within the industry.”
Mann’s hiring is the latest in a series of key hires made by BioSpace.com. The most recent other key hire was Scott Clarke, now COO of BioSpace.com, who was recruited from Incyte Pharmaceuticals where he had served as Chief Information Officer.
BioSpace.com is the leading global hubsite for the life sciences industry. Launched in March, 1995, BioSpace.com is the most heavily trafficked business-to-business (B2B) life sciences portal on the Internet, attracting 1.2 million page views per month from over 200,000 unique visitors to industry news, company profiles, stock information, jobs, events, regional hotbed communities and an ever-expanding e-commerce marketplace. The company was founded by Jennifer King in 1985, and has been dedicated to serving the life sciences industry for over a decade. The combination of content, community and commerce make BioSpace.com the most comprehensive life sciences resource on the Web.