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SideStep Appoints Matt Johnson

  SideStep, Inc.
(, the traveler’s search engine, today announced
that the company has named Matt Johnson as vice president, Product
Management. In his new role, Johnson will oversee product planning and
design, as well as business analytics.

Prior to joining SideStep, Johnson was president and co-founder of revenue
management software developer PriceWorks. Previously, he served as senior
vice president at PROS Revenue Management, the leader in pricing and
revenue optimization software. In this role, Johnson led the development
and deployment of revenue management systems for more than 60 customers,
including travel providers such as Continental Airlines, Southwest
Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada.

“Innovative product design has been a key driver of SideStep’s success,”
said Johnson. “In fusing Web search with online travel, SideStep embodies
the best of both models. We have remarkable ideas in the development
pipeline,” Johnson continued, “technology that will be extremely valuable
to our travel provider partners as they look acquire new customers. We
understand in detail both the business and technology challenges our
partners face, and I’m looking forward to driving the development of new
services that will help them thrive.”

“Matt is intimately familiar with the travel industry,” said Brian Barth,
SideStep CEO, “and brings with him a unique knowledge of both consumer
buying behavior and the distinct business issues that travel providers
must manage. SideStep has ambitious product development plans, and Matt’s
experience in creating and introducing new products will be essential to
our success.”

Winner of the Forbes “Best of the Web” Award, the SideStep travel search
toolbar is available at SideStep’s new Web-based
hotel and rental car search offerings are also available through, along with TravelFinds, the company’s new email
newsletter. These SideStep services are all free to consumers.