London, UK, and Salt Lake City, US 7 January 2014. Findmypast, a leading family history site, has announced the appointment of Ben Bennett as their Executive Vice President of International Business.

From January 2015, Ben will be responsible for the development of Findmypast’s North American market as well as other markets outside of the UK. Ben will become a member of Findmypast’s Senior Management team and will have an important role in building a global structure for Findmypast.

Ben has worked in the high tech and customer care industries for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Findmypast, Ben was Vice President of Partner Services at FamilySearch International, and held various positions at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington as well as positions at Convergys Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"I couldn’t be more excited to join the Findmypast family” said Ben Bennett. “I firmly believe that Findmypast is uniquely qualified to create experiences that will enable everyone to ‘bring the past to life’ and share those exciting discoveries with both family and friends.”

'We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ben to our team” said Annelies Van Den Belt, CEO of Findmypast. “He brings a wealth of experience of developing family history and technology products, and we are looking forward to working with him to bring even more exciting family history experiences to our customers and partners across the world'.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of over 2 billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.