iStockphoto today announced that it has hired Nicola Ghezzi, as director, country operations in Italy. Ghezzi will lead iStock’s Milan office and assume responsibility for increasing the company’s presence and mindshare in the Italian market.
With more than 15 years of experience in the digital media, entertainment, publishing and information industries, Ghezzi has a long track record of international marketing and management experience with a diverse mix of companies including Conde’ Nast, Yahoo!, Mediaset, Radio 24 and MTV Networks.
“Nicola’s experience with so many strong and diverse international brands makes him a valuable asset,” said Nick King, vice president, international markets of iStockphoto. “Italy is a critical region for iStock and we’re fortunate to have him as a part our growing global management team.”
“iStock is a fantastic company and – literally – helps the world become a more beautiful place,” said Ghezzi. “I’m looking forward to working with a company that has the ability to help inspire so many different people and organizations to produce amazing content in a world where content is, indeed, king.”
iStockphoto offers easy, affordable inspiration with millions of vetted, royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files. Using the most advanced search in the business, customers download a file every second from a collection of more than nine million files for business, marketing and personal projects. iStockphoto started in 2000, pioneering the micropayment photography business model, and has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStockphoto pays out more than $1.7 million weekly in artist royalties. iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.