Eckhard Pfeiffer, the former CEO of Compaq Computer, was named chairman of Accoona Corp. on Friday.
Pfeiffer has been working since early 2004 with the firm, which uses artificial intelligence in its search engine to conduct online searches. Accoona has a partnership with ChinaDaily.com.cn, China's official English-language Internet destination.
Accoona is preparing to officially launch its service next week in the U.S. and China. The firm's Artificial Intelligence Search Engine tracks search terms, and its Accoona Quick Profile delivers company data that enables users to quickly retrieve a company's contact and financial information.