Monster.com CEO Jeff Taylor Shatters Current Blimp Water-skiing Record Held by Virgin CEO and Adventurist Richard Branson
Contact: Michele Rozen
The Weber Group
Maynard, MA – March 22, 2000 – Monster.com, the leading global online careers site and flagship brand of the Interactive Division of TMP Worldwide (NASDAQ: "TMPW"; ASX: "TMP"), announced today that CEO Jeff Taylor triumphantly water-skied 3.3 miles behind the Monster.com blimp, crushing the current 1.5 mile record set by Virgin CEO Richard Branson.
Taylor's record-breaking run behind Trump, the Monster.com airship, was one of only five blimp water-skiing stunts ever performed. In 1994, Branson successfully water-skied behind the Virgin blimp while filming an episode of "Baywatch." Branson, the consummate competitor and risk-taker, issued a written challenge to Taylor to water-ski behind the Monster.com blimp. Taylor, known for his adventurous streak and thirst for competition, good-naturedly accepted Branson's challenge.
The blimp weighs 5,532 lbs when empty and holds 9 passengers and 1 pilot. It is 165 feet long, 55 feet high, 46 feet wide and hovered 20 feet above water at 19 knots during the water-skiing event. Monster.com operates two of the 22 blimps in operation today in the world.
“Water-skiing behind Trump was exhilarating and having Branson's record to break made it even more so. But the ultimate high is discovering what challenges you, professionally and personally, and pursuing those goals. That's what Monster.com and this blimp water-skiing competition are really all about,” said Jeff Taylor, CEO of Monster.com.
In a written statement to Jeff Taylor, Branson writes, "Congratulations, Jeff. They told me you were up for it! I'll be in Las Vegas in June launching Virgin Atlantic's new London to Las Vegas Service -- perhaps you could bring your Monster.com blimp 'Trump' to Vegas at this time and we can go 'blimp-to-blimp' for the ultimate challenge! How does June 9 look in your diary?" After breaking the record today, Taylor took up the gauntlet and agreed to Branson's Las Vegas challenge.
To date, Monster.com boasts over six million job seeker accounts, a resume database containing more than 3 million unique resumes and 370,000 unique job opportunities from thousands of companies.About TMP Worldwide
Founded in 1967, TMP Worldwide Inc., now with more than 7,200 employees in 25 countries, is the online recruitment leader, the world's largest recruitment advertising agency network, and one of the world's largest search and selection agencies. TMP Worldwide Inc., headquartered in New York, is also the world's largest Yellow Pages advertising agency and a provider of direct marketing services. The company's clients include more than 90 of the Fortune 100 and more than 480 of the Fortune 500 companies.About Monster.com
Monster.com, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading global careers Web site with over 14 million unique visits per month. Monster.com connects the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals, offering innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. The Monster.com global network consists of local content and language sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Singapore and France. More information about Monster.com is available at www.monster.com or by calling 1-800-MONSTER. Monster.com is the
flagship brand of the Interactive Division of TMP Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: "TMPW"; ASX: "TMP").
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