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The Stars of E-commerce
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President and Chief Executive Officer
InteliData Technologies Corporation 

BackusJohn C. Backus, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of InteliData and serves on the InteliData Board of Directors. Mr. Backus had worked with US Order, the predecessor company to InteliData, since its inception in 1990 and had served as its President, Chief Operating Officer and director since 1994. He is responsible for InteliData’s electronic banking business, which develops products and services for financial institutions, as well as the overall financial performance for InteliData shareholders.

Mr. Backus came to US Order from its founding investor, WorldCorp, where he worked for six years holding a variety of executive positions including Vice President of Corporate Development, Vice President of Finance, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Prior to joining WorldCorp, Mr. Backus worked for Bain & Company, Inc., a worldwide strategy consulting form, in both its consulting and venture capital groups where he focused on consumer products and services.

Mr. Backus received both his Masters in Business Administration and his Bachelors degree from Stanford University. In addition to InteliData, he currently sits on the Boards of Directors for World Airways, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Home Financial Network.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Transaction Network Services, Inc.

McDonnellJohn J. McDonnell, Jr. is a pioneer in the telecommunications industry, with over 30 years' experience. He is the founder, as well as President and CEO of TNS.

Immediately prior to founding TNS, Mr. McDonnell was President and CEO of Digital Radio Network, Inc., a local access bypass carrier for POS transactions. He has also served as Group Vice President for the Information Technologies and Telecommunications Group of the Electronic Industries Association (EIA).

Before serving at EIA, Mr. McDonnell held positions as Vice President of International Operations and Vice President of sales for Tymnet, with responsibility for both private network sales and public network services.

Mr. McDonnell was previously Director of Technology and Telecommunications for the National Commission on Electronic Funds Transfer. One of the founders of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA), Mr. McDonnell remains active, currently serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is the recent recipient of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP’s 1997 High Tech Entrepreneur Award. Mr. McDonnell serves on the Board of Directors of CMSI, InteliData, and Omnilink.

Mr. McDonnell holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a MSEE degree from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute.

President and Chief Executive Officer
VerticalNet, Inc.

WalshMark is VerticalNet’s President and CEO. Previously, he was a Senior VP and Corporate Officer at America Online. He ran AOL Enterprise, the business-to-business division of AOL. He founded the group.

Prior to AOL, Mark was the President of GEnie, the online service owned by GE. He also was the President of Information Kinetics, Inc., a venture captial backed interactive information company focusing on the recruitment and classified advertising market.

Until early 1993, Mark was the VP and GM of the interactive services division of CUC International, the leader in online commerce. Before joining CUC, he worked in the cable television business, with four years at Home Box Office in New York, and two years as the head of a direct marketing business serving the cable TV industry. He graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA, and Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. After graduating from college, Mark was the anchorman and news director for a CBS TV affiliate station, WDTV-TV.

He is the past chairman of the Interactive Services Association, a 300 member-company trade association focusing the consumer interactive service marketplace. Mark is currently a board member of the Information Industry Association, a 500 member-company trade group focusing on the business information market. He won the IIA’s Industry Leader Award in 1993.

He also served on the board of the New York Theatre Workshop for six years. NYTW is the Off-Broadway group responsible for bringing the Emmy and Tony award willing show "Rent" to the stages of New York.

President & Chief Executive Officer
CyberCash, Inc.

MeltonBill Melton is a founder of CyberCash, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. For more than 20 years, Melton has been an entrepreneur building companies around the application of computer and telecommunications technology to solve problems in the world of financial transactions. CyberCash is his fourth entrepreneurial venture in this arena.

In 1971 Melton founded Real-Share, Inc. a database and telecommunications company that provided services to the majority of Telecheck Franchisees.

Through Real-Share, he pioneered the use of minicomputers, voice response systems and distributed processing nodes in the financial community.

In 1981 Melton founded VeriFone, (VFIC) the transaction automation company that has made credit authorization terminals ubiquitous on retail merchant counters.

In 1991 Melton was the funding founder of Transaction Network Systems

(TNSI), a nationwide customized network dedicated to efficient transportation of financial transactions. TNSI currently handles more than 7 million financial transactions daily. He still serves on the board of TNSI.

In addition to his continued service on the board of TNSI, Melton also is a member of the board of directors of America OnLine. He holds a Masters degree in Asian Studies and Chinese philosophy.

Arlen Communications Inc. 

ArlenGary Arlen is President of Arlen Communications Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland, research and consulting firm known for its insights into the converging (and sometimes conflicting) worlds of media, telecommunications and interactive program content.

For nearly 20 years, Gary has accurately analyzed the emergence of new media, forecasting the evolution of customer-controlled video and data services. Gary has published future-looking periodicals and consults for clients seeking strategic and business guidance to enter these new fields. His clients include media, financial and entertainment firms as well as telecommunications and marketing leaders.

In particular, Gary is known for his insights into the development of applications, especially interactive content, for Internet, two-way TV and other emerging systems. Among his specialties: what he calls "inter-species breeding" to integrate different types of services on new interactive platforms. Gary’s outlooks are published industry journals and his commentary is widely sought in the business and consumer press.

InteliData Technologies Corporation

GorogWilliam F. Gorog was one of the founders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Data Corporation, a high technology research and development company involved in optics, photographic systems and the design of special purpose computers and software. He was the originator of the computerized law and news information systems known as LEXIS-NEXIS now in use by thousands of law firms, courts, federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States.

In 1969 Data Corporation was merged with the Mead Corporation. Mr. Gorog remained as Chairman and CEO of the subsidiary company, and was also designated a senior officer of the parent and became a member of the Senior Operations Management Group with responsibility for high technology ventures.

In March of 1975, he joined the Ford Administration as Deputy Director of the President’s Economic Policy Board. He was later named Deputy Assistant to the President of Economic Affairs and in 1976 was made Executive Director of the Council on International Economic Policy. In this capacity he was a member of the White House Senior Staff reporting directly to the President.

Mr. Gorog left the White House after the election and change in administration in 1977 and established a trading company primarily involved in the export of U.S. computer products to the Far East. During this period he also acted as managing partner of an investment group and as an advisor to foreign investors in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

From 1983 to 1987 he was President of the Magazine Publishers of America, an association composed of the principal consumer magazine publishers such as Time Warner, Conde Nast, and Hearst. In 1987, Mr. Gorog became Chairman and CEO of Arbor International, an investment management company principally involved in merger and acquisition activity and in financing energy, high technology, and real estate ventures. The InteliData project was started at Arbor. After prototype hardware and software was field tested, the corporation was formed in 1990 with second stage financing provided by WorldCorp.

During these periods he served as a director of VeriFone, the California-based transaction automation company and of Fiskars, the Helsinki-based worldwide manufacturer of scissors and garden tools. He also served in the banking industry as a director of Commerce Union Bank of Nashville, Tennessee; Sovran Bank of Norfolk, Virginia; C&S Sovran of Atlanta; and NationsBank, N.A.

In community affairs, he has served as chairman of The Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University School of Business; and as chairman of The Washington Campus, a consortium of sixteen university business schools which provides student exposure to the workings of the Federal Government. From 1984 to 1985 he was chairman of the chief Executives Organization, a 1,000 member graduate group of previous members of the Young President’s Organization.

He attended Carnegie Mellon, is a graduate of West Point and holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ohio State University Graduate School.

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