Technology >> CEO Interviews >> October 4, 2004


JAMES F. VOELKER assumed the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of InfoSpace, Inc., in December 2002. He had played an integral role at InfoSpace since being named to the company's Board of Directors in July 2002. Mr. Voelker has more than 20 years of experience running and managing telecommunications and technology companies. He served as President and Board Director of NEXTLINK Communications, Inc., now XO Communications, where he was instrumental in developing the company vision and guiding overall operations from inception in 1994 through 1998. At NEXTLINK, he directed strategic and operational initiatives and was responsible for the development and execution of tactical plans and organizational structures, recruiting employees and capital fundraising. Prior to NEXTLINK, Mr. Voelker served as CEO and Board Director of U.S. Signal where he successfully directed the merger and operation of various entities into a single unit, which became the first full service competitive local exchange carrier in the US. In addition, Mr. Voelker serves as an advisor to Providence Equity Partners and Pivotal Partners. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of InfoSpace and an

overview of things as they are now?

Mr. Voelker: The company got its start as one of the classic Internet