Maximiles, operator of ipoints.co.uk, the UK’s largest online coalition loyalty programme, has appointed Robert Barker as Chief Operating Officer this month (November) for its UK division. He replaces Geraldine Tosh, who left the company at the end of October to pursue other interests.

Robert joined ipoints in 2000 as Financial Director. Robert played a pivotal role in the website success and growth. In 2006, Robert was promoted to Commercial Director and was heavily involved in the negotiations which led to ipoints’ acquisition by Maximiles.

In his new role, Robert will continue to expand ipoints.co.uk loyalty programme, through increasing the number of loyalty partners as well the number of the programme’s membership (1.6 million members as of 30/06/2007). Robert will also ensure the leadership of Maximiles in the UK as a full scale provider for on-line loyalty solutions and staff motivation programmes as well as direct marketing services.

Thanks to Maximiles expanding European presence, Robert will also spearhead the development of multi-country loyalty partnerships and direct marketing sales to ipoints clients.

Marc Bidou, Chairman and CEO of Maximiles, said, “Robert has been key to establish ipoints.co.uk as a market leader in a very competitive environment. Robert is a seasoned, sharp and driven executive which we have learned to fully appreciate since we acquired ipoints. We are now pleased to be able to recognise his talent by promoting him to Chief Operating Officer. Robert will drive forward our business in the UK and consolidate our position as the leading online loyalty group in Europe.”

Robert Barker, Chief Operating Officer at ipoints, said: “With the backing of the Maximiles Group, I’m looking forward to really evolving and growing the company. I will focus on ensuring we deliver increased customer longevity and value for our loyalty partners, as well as continue to offer exceptional rewards to our consumer members, and great delivery across our wide range of other products and services.”

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Notes to the editor
About ipoints/Maximiles

Founded in 1999, Maximiles is the European leader for On-line loyalty. The company operates online loyalty coalition programs, ipoints.co.uk in the UK and Maximiles.com in France with a total of 3.5 million members (as of 30/06/07). Maximiles also provide Direct Marketing services, on-line surveys and white label programs. Over 150 companies trust Maximiles to run their loyalty or motivation programs. Maximiles is listed on Alternext of Euronext Paris.

In the UK, Maximiles is market leader following its merge with ipoints in 2006. Ipoints.co.uk is the UK’s largest coalition loyalty programme with over 1.6 million registered members (as of 30/06/2007) who earn ipoints from over 300 etailer partners and exchange them for a variety of rewards covering over 200,000 items. It provides the means for companies to reward their customers with meaningful and desirable products.

Published on: 12:00AM on 7th November 2007