The company was co-founded in September 1997 by marketing director Simon Morris, a former Sega and BSkyB director, and chief executive Dan Thompson, a one-time Price Waterhouse chartered accountant, specifically to become involved in the Internet. In September this year the company's sites accommodated 8.5 million user sessions, indicating the success that persuaded the directors that they should seek a Stock Exchange listing. City briefings will continue this week and next, with the share offer itself expected before the end of the month.The flotation will be yet another challenge for finance director Martin Turner, a former Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse chartered accountant, who joined the board in February when 365 bought Symphony Telecom, where he was also finance director. The acquisition itself provided 41-year-old Turner with his first big task. The internal mechanics, including the financial reporting systems, of the acquiring Internet business and the acquired telecommunications company had to be integrated.
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