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Zona Hires Chief Economist

Zona Research Inc. said that Robert Jack Staff, a Harvard-educated financial economist will join Zona Research as chief economist.

Staff, a specialist in international financial economics and technology analysis, will be responsible for overseeing Zona's Electronic Economy Service and will be a senior consultant for Zona's Internet consulting practice, designed for the producers, consumers, and investors of Internet products and services, the company said.

Formerly, Staff was chief of a strategic analyst group of a $2-billion-a-year Asia-Pacific enterprise, an InterPacific Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, and a member of the Senior Negotiations Project at Harvard Law School.

"Staff will play an important role in expanding Zona's consulting practice and will add a strategic international perspective to our Electronic Economy Service through his knowledge and understanding of economic and technology trends," said Clay Ryder, chief analyst at Zona Research, which provides information and advice to the Internet industry. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of IntelliQuest Information Group Inc.