Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Dictionary.com (http://www.Dictionary.com), the leader in online word discovery resources, welcomes Michele Turner as its new CEO. Turner brings significant product, marketing and business experience to the company, which she will leverage to strengthen Dictionary.com’s longstanding reputation as the world’s most innovative, flexible, digital dictionary.
Previously, as Chief Product Officer at mBlox, the world’s largest mobile B2C engagement company, Turner spearheaded product development, management and marketing. Under her leadership, mBlox enabled businesses to reach 6 billion devices through text messaging, push notifications and geolocation. Turner directed the company’s transition to a SaaS-based mobile platform by delivering the first new product in 5 years, allowing mBlox entry into new and higher value markets.
As Executive Vice President of Product at Cooliris, Turner helped transform the company from a popular browser extension to a mobile applications company, now one of the leading photo apps in Asia.
Turner brings to Dictionary.com an extensive background creating high quality, user-friendly products that solve real problems for consumers. Her years at AOL, Adobe, and Excite@Home have given her excellent insights on creating scalable products that are used by millions of people every day.
“What really drew me to Dictionary.com is its universal appeal — it’s intrinsically useful for pretty much everyone,” Turner said. “I believe there is a tremendous opportunity and need to make word learning fun, engaging and informational, particularly on mobile, where content snacking is the norm.”
Turner says that Dictionary.com’s long history as the premier digital dictionary gives the organization an effective platform from which to build on its position as the definitive destination for word resources.
“Since it launched almost twenty years ago, Dictionary.com has become the place people turn to first when they need language information,” Turner said. “That legacy, combined with the company’s inventiveness and command of online and mobile platforms, puts us in a perfect position to become the definitive source for word meaning of the information age.”
Turner has a range of experience building businesses, from running large organizations at Fortune 500 companies to ramping early stage startups. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Jose State University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Santa Clara University.
About Dictionary.com Dictionary.com, LLC, the world's most authoritative online and mobile dictionary, helps people get smarter anytime, anywhere. Dictionary.com, an IAC (NASDAQ; IACI) company, offers its 65 million monthly users reliable access to millions of definitions, synonyms, spelling, audio pronunciations, example sentences, and translations from its properties at Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com, as well as through its suite of more than 24 apps across every major platform and its API data services. For more information, please visit http://www.dictionary.com.