Basking Ridge N. J. and Lake Zurich, IL. March 29, 2007 — Lightspeed Research, a global interactive data solutions provider to the marketing research industry, announced today that it has acquired Foresight International, Inc., a global provider of innovative employee satisfaction solutions. Foresight’s expertise in employee engagement and normative databases, delivered through a proprietary ASP survey technology across more than 120 countries, has made them an industry leader in employee satisfaction research.

Founded in 1994, Foresight is at the forefront in providing measurable and cost effective employee engagement programs for leading global clients. Ever increasing pressures to retain employees, boost productivity and control costs has led to greater demand for survey services that provide reliable feedback to management while enhancing employee engagement and satisfaction.

Founded in 2000, Lightspeed Research provides quality market research solutions through the use of its global online panels in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. This acquisition will allow Lightspeed to expand its current market research capabilities by linking employee satisfaction and engagement to other critical corporate KPI’s including customer satisfaction.

Commenting on the acquisition, Anne Hedde, Lightspeed Research President and CEO, states, “I am excited that Foresight’s products and services offer a synergistic approach to our clients as they seek greater understanding of the linkage between employee engagement and customer satisfaction, loyalty and brand equity. The Foresight team has developed industry leading technology-driven employee satisfaction products and services that will expand our core offer by giving us the opportunity to deliver great insight to the existing interactive solutions we already successfully offer for clients.”

Foresight President, Michael Schroeder states, “I am very proud that Foresight has created a unique combination of survey research, technology and consulting in the employee and customer satisfaction areas, and our reputation in employee engagement will be an excellent complement to Lightspeed Research’s existing market research capabilities. In the future we see tremendous opportunity to further expand global norms through Lightspeed Research’s panel research capabilities.”

About Lightspeed Research
Lightspeed Research is a global interactive data solutions provider delivering effective research results through global online panels. Through its network of panels, Lightspeed Research can provide access to household members across 34 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

Lightspeed Research is part of the Kantar Group, the information, insight and consultancy division of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's leading communications services companies. For more information, please visit or send an e-mail to

Press Inquiries: Lightspeed Research, Tammy Talley, Global Marketing Director, +1 (908) 630-0542 or email to; Foresight, Inc. Christy Kessler, Director of Global Marketing, +1 (847) 726-4040, ext. 234 or

Published on: 12:00AM on 29th March 2007