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Board of Directors (Appointments and Changes)
Spark Networks Announces Departure of Co-Founder, Alon Carmel Fellow Co-Founder, Joe Shapira, to Serve as Chairman of Board

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08.02.2005

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 8 2005 -- Spark Networks plc, a leading provider of online personals services, today announced that Alon Carmel, one of the company's co-founders and co-chairmen, has resigned his positions with the company to pursue other entrepreneurial and philanthropic interests.  Mr. Carmel has agreed to continue to serve the company, as a consultant, and Joe Shapira, the company's co-chairman, will become chairman of the company's board of directors. He remains a significant shareholder. Spark Networks is grateful for what Mr. Carmel has helped to build and wishes him all the best. Since launching JDate(R).com, eight years ago, Mr. Carmel helped build the company from a fledgling startup into one of the true leaders in the online personals space.  In addition to JDate.com, Spark Networks owns AmericanSingles(R).com and a host of other growing vertical market players in the online personals industry.

IR Contact: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@spark.net

About Spark Networks plc: Spark Networks plc's Global Depositary Shares trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) under the symbol "MHJG".  The Spark Networks portfolio of consumer Web sites includes AmericanSingles(R).com, JDate(R).com, JDate.co.il, MatchNet(R).de, MatchNet.co.uk, MatchNet.com.au, Glimpse.com(TM), CollegeLuv(TM).com,  Date.ca(TM), and FaceLink(R).com.  The company was formed in England in 1998.

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Further inquiry note: Elmar Bob Tel.: +49 (69) 74 09 37 88 Fax: +49 (69) 74 09 37 87 E-Mail: elmar@spark.net

Branche: Online
ISIN:      US5766601042
WKN:        930129
Index:    SDAX, Prime Standard, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade



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