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HealthCentral Names Sastry Nanduri Chief Technology Officer; West Coast-based Nanduri promoted to fill vital role in leading online health company.

ARLINGTON, Va., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthCentral (www.HealthCentral.com), the leading collection of online condition-specific consumer health and wellness experiences, announced today that Sastry Nanduri will become Chief Technology Officer, driving the company's global engineering efforts. Nanduri, formerly Vice President of Engineering at HealthCentral, joined the company in January 2009 with the acquisition of healthy-living resource Wellsphere.com. As CTO, he will oversee all aspects of technology and product implementation at HealthCentral.

Nanduri's 20-year career has focused on creating innovative technological solutions for real-world problems. While Vice President of Engineering at Wellsphere, Nanduri built a unique technology to decipher highly specific health information to match user search queries, which, combined with the company's largest collection of vetted bloggers, led to exponential growth in unique visitors from 2008 to 2009. Before joining Wellsphere, Nanduri worked on a broad range of products and technologies, including Erwin, the world's most popular data modeling tool; NetStudio, a web-graphics creation tool that won the best of show award at Internet World conference for its ease of use; Spinfrenzy, one of the first online teen community sites; and OneChannel's DPMA, an enterprise decision process management platform.

"Emerging technology is providing incredible ways to improve the health and well-being of our users, and I'm thrilled to lead a team that is harnessing this momentum," Nanduri said. "It's an exciting time to be in both health and technology, and we are eager to continue producing products that enhance people's lives."

"We exist to provide the best and most innovative interactive experiences for people taking control and sharing their experiences in health," said Christopher M. Schroeder, CEO of HealthCentral. "Sastry will be an outstanding partner on our senior team and lead our combined technology efforts to the next level of impact."

Nanduri holds technical degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently resides in San Francisco bay area and will continue to work from the company's West Coast office in San Mateo.

About HealthCentral

HealthCentral (HealthCentral.com) empowers people to improve and take control of their health and well-being through more than 35 condition- and wellness-specific interactive health sites including #1 HIV/AIDS resource TheBody.com and healthy living resource Wellsphere.com. HealthCentral is venture backed by IAC/InteractiveCorp, Polaris Ventures, Sequoia Capital, The Carlyle Group and Allen & Company.

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