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Online Media Exec & Board Changes 8/27 to 9/23 2012 Featured

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Yahoo! Names EVP, People and Development

Yahoo! appointed Jacqueline Reses as EVP of people and development, responsible for leading human resources and talent acquisition as well as corporate and business development globally. Reses led the U.S. media group at Apax Partners, where she built a team of investment professionals focused on investing and driving value in media and technology businesses. In addition, Reses worked extensively on Apax's talent initiatives, including recruiting and training. While at Apax Partners, Reses served on the Board or led the investments in Cengage Learning, Intelsat, Nelson Education, Hit Entertainment, and NEP Broadcasting. Reses also served as CEO of iBuilding, a real estate software business that was launched by Tishman Speyer and Benchmark Capital. Previously, she spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where in addition to working on several keystone corporate transactions, she also supported the firm's mentoring, training and recruiting efforts.

AOL Appoints PepsiCo CFO to Board; Hires Former ADP Exec as CFO

AOL appointed Hugh F. Johnston, 51,EVP and CFO of PepsiCo, to Board. Johnston brings more than 25 years of finance and general management experience to AOL's Board, including M&A, marketing, finance and strategy positions at PepsiCo and Merck Medco. He has served as EVP and CFO of PepsiCo since 2010. Before that Johnston left PepsiCo for sometime to pursue a general management role as VP, Retail, at Merck Medco, leading the company's retail pharmacy card business. Earlier in his career, he joined PepsiCo in 1987 and has held a number of increasing leadership roles, including EVP, Global Operations; President, Pepsi-Cola North America; SVP, Transformation; and SVP, Mergers and Acquisitions.

The company named Karen Dykstra, 53, as CFO. Dykstra served on the company's Board since 2009, and fills the role vacated by Artie Minson following his promotion to COO. Dykstra is a former partner at Plainfield Asset Management and held leadership positions with the company, including COO and CFO of Plainfield Direct. Prior to joining Plainfield, Dykstra was the CFO of Automatic Data Processing and acted as the Principle Financial Officer. Her career spanned 25 years with the company. In addition to AOL, she serves on the Board of Gartner and Crane.

Groupon Names New Chief Accounting Officer as Managing Editor Leaves

Groupon has appointed Brian Stevens, a 16-year veteran of KPMG, to the role of chief accounting officer, replacing Joe Del Preto, who will continue on as VP and global controller and will report to Stevens. Prior to joining Groupon, Stevens was an audit partner at KPMG. He spent five years in KPMG's Department of Professional Practice and was a practice fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Managing editor Brandon Copple has left Groupon for a new position at Chicago Sun-Times parent company Wrapports. Before joining Groupon in 2010, Copple wrote for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and was the managing editor at Crain’s Chicago Business for a seven-year stretch.

Zynga Loses Another Series of Senior Execs

Nils Puhlmann, the cloud security expert who has worked as Zynga’s Chief Security Officer since 2009, resigned from the company. He led Zynga's converged security department, managing all security risks for the company. Nils is also a Co-Founder and member of the Board of the Cloud Security Alliance, a community of over 14,000 security professionals with the goal to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. Before joining Zynga, he served as Chief Security Officer of Qualys, Chief Information Security Officer for Electronic Arts, Chief Information Security Officer at Robert Half International, Director Global IT & Security and Chief Privacy Officer at Mindjet Corp, and Senior Manager of Product Security at Adobe.

Wilson Kriegel, the former Chief Revenue Officer of Omgpop, has left Zynga,. Kriegel was part of the company that Zynga bought earlier this year for at least $180 million, after Omgpop’s Draw Something game scored big with more than 35 million users. At Zynga, Kriegel was in charge of making Draw Something into a “global juggernaut.” He is otherwise focused on the driving of ad revenues, distribution of mobile games, and monetization partnerships at Zynga Mobile.

Zynga’s CTO of infrastructure Allan Leinwand was named VP and CTO, Platform Development at ServiceNow, the provider of enterprise SaaS products for IT management. Leinwand was the wizard behind Zynga's move from Amazon's cloud services to its own server infrastructure called the zCloud. Before joining Zynga in 2010, he served as Venture Partner at Panorama Capital, Operating Partner at JPMorgan Partners, Co-Founder, President and CEO at Proficient Networks, VP Engineering and CTO at Telegis Networks, VP Engineering and CTO at Digital Island, Manager, Consulting Engineering at Cisco Systems, and Internet Engineer at HP.

Zynga’s Marketing Chief Jeff Karp, 46, has also stepped down as CMO. He is joining GSN as EVP of Mobile & Social Games. Karp will be in charge of GSN Digital’s virtual currency business across its mobile, social and online gaming platforms. Prior to Zynga, Karp was EVP of Electronic Arts’ Play label, where he oversaw The Sims, SimCity and Harry Potter.

Online Media and Marketing Subsidiary of Lux Digital Pictures Names New CEO and President

Lux Digital Pictures and its subsidiary StreamTrack Media (STMI) appoints Aaron Gravitz, 32, as CEO and Michael Freides, 31, as Michael Hill voluntarily resigned as the CEO and President of STMI.

Aaron Gravitz co-founded RadioLoyalty in 2011. He has over 15 years experience in the online advertising space. Prior to co-founding RadioLoyalty, he was the COO of Lenco Media and AdMax Media. Mr. Gravitz has experience in operating an advertising network, bringing products to market, and managing the entire media buying and selling process. His track record includes founding multiple companies that grew to over 50 million dollars in combined sales, with several leading to acquisition. His current responsibilities at the Company include, but are not limited to, directing operations, overseeing media buying and sales, product development, managing strategic relationships, directing customer relations, and broadcaster development.

Michael Freides has ten years of industry experience in online advertising. In 2007 he founded Rightmail Media and was the CEO of the lead generation company. In the late 2000's, Intrepid Investments invested in Rightmail Marketing, which later went on to become part of The Selling Source, a Las Vegas based lead generation company. Mr. Freides became the President of Rightmail Marketing in 2008 where he served in that capacity until 2012. In 2007, before founding Rightmail Media, he headed business development and account management for internet startup company AdRevolution, formerly known as Progressing Markets. He also spent several years in the hospitality industry where he focused on e-commerce and developed online sales programs for several hotels and resorts.

Senior Strategic Marketing Exec Leaves e-payment Company

Keith S. Kendrick, 54, ceased to be SVP, Strategic Marketing of Official Payments Holdings. Before joining the company, he had global responsibility for marketing and strategy with eFunds, acquired by Fidelity National Information Services in 2007. Previously, Mr. Kendrick held the senior operational and strategy positions with a division of HNC Software, and was the President of eCommerce operations of Bank One Credit, a division of Bank One. As President of First Virtual, he led the turnaround and repositioning of one of the first email-based payments systems. He began his career in the payments industry at MasterCard serving in a number of roles including SVP, Marketing, U.S. Region followed by key leadership assignments in strategy and eCommerce at AT&T Universal Card Services.

Interactive Media and Mobile Marketing Company Names iCEO

Augme Technologies and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hipcricket, appointed Robert F. Hussey, 63, as Interim CEO. Hussey is a member of Augme's Board and previously served as Augme's Interim COO. Mr. Hussey replaces Paul Arena, who has served as CEO and Chairman. Mr. Arena will remain a member of Augme's Board. Prior to his appointment as Interim COO, Hussey served as President and CEO of Digital Lightwave.

Mandalay Digital Group Appoints CFO and CEO for its Mobile Services Platform Subsidiary

Mandalay Digital Group, the enabler of development, distribution and billing of content across mobile networks, appointed Dan L. Halvorson, 47, as EVP and CFO. He was previously CFO and EVP of DivX, a digital media company, until its acquisition by Sonic Solutions in 2010. Before that he held various senior finance positions, including CFO, at Novatel Wireless. Mr. Halvorson spent eight years in public accounting firms, at Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The Company appointed William Stone, 44, as the CEO of Digital Turbine Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. He was previously SVP of QUALCOMM and President of its subsidiary FLO TV. Prior to Qualcomm, Stone was the CEO and President of the smartphone application storefront provider, Handango, (acquired by Appia). Mr. Stone also served as the President of Amp'd Mobile. He has previously served as  VP of Verizon Wireless, and CMO for Vodafone in Australia.

B2B Social Network Company Appoints COO

Bizzingo, the B2B social network company, appointed Roger Wood, 44, as its president and COO and as member of the Company's Board. He was instrumental in developing one of the first mobile social platforms, iDEN, as well as one of the first international text messaging services, Omnipoint. He was VP, Digital Media of iCrossing Advertising Agency, a division of the Hearst, CEO of Orca Digital, a mobile media company acquired by Ingk Labs, SVP and General Manager of Amobee Media Systems, a developer of smartphone apps acquired by Singapore Telecom, senior advisor to SingTel in the acquisition of several mobile Internet companies, including Amobee Media Systems.

Former Yahoo! Exec Set to Join IPO-Bound LifeLock as President

LifeLock, the company that offers theft and fraud protection services to individual consumers and businesses, named former Yahoo! executive Hilary Schneider, 50, as President. Hilary Schneider is a Senior Advisor for TPG Capital. Prior to this role, Schneider was EVP Yahoo!, Americas, where she was responsible for Yahoo!'s North, Central and South American business including advertising sales, partnerships and programming. Schneider, who joined Yahoo! in 2006, previously led the company's U.S. region, Global Partner Solutions and Local Markets and Commerce divisions. Prior to Yahoo!, she held senior leadership roles at Knight Ridder, where she was CEO of Knight Ridder Digital before moving to co-manage the company's overall newspaper and online business. Before joining Knight Ridder, Schneider served as president and CEO of Red Herring Communications, overseeing Red Herring Magazine, RedHerring.com and Red Herring's events unit. She also held a number of roles at Times Mirror including president and CEO of Times Mirror Interactive and General Manager of the Baltimore Sun. Prior to her role at Times Mirror, Schneider was VP of Corporate Finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Former Wal-Mart Executive Joins as CMO at Newegg

Newegg, electronics-focused e-retailer, has named Soren A. Mills as CMO. Prior to joining Newegg, Mills was the EVP and general manager at Guitar Center where he led Musician’s Friend, the company’s online division and largest online retailer of musical instruments. Mills has also held a variety of national and international positions at Wal-Mart Stores. In his most recent role at Wal-Mart International, Mills was promoted to corporate officer in order to build and lead its global e-commerce services group. In that capacity, he successfully developed and launched Wal-Mart’s first global e-commerce platform, resulting in growth and profitability improvements. Before Wal-Mart, Mills was responsible for marketing for the European launch of Priceline.com. As the VP of marketing at Priceline.com Europe, Mills defined the company’s brand strategy and managed sales and marketing operations. During his time there, Mills helped the company achieve a significant share of the UK online airline ticket market.

ShoeDazzle Replaces CEO With Founder

ShoeDazzle, the Los Angeles-based e-commerce company, is replacing its current CEO Bill Strauss with its founder Brian Lee. Strauss joined ShoeDazzle last fall from a longtime stint running Provide Commerce, which has e-commerce sites such as ProFlowers and RedEnvelope. The reappointment means Lee will now have two CEO jobs — he has most recently been running The Honest Company, a monthly subscription service he co-founded with actress Jessica Alba and others that delivers consumer products.

YapStone Hires CBS Interactive and former PayPal Exec as CFO

YapStone, a leading global provider of Web and mobile payment solutions and processing for targeted vertical markets, has hired Mary Hentges as CFO. Previously, she was CFO at CBS Interactive for two years; prior to that, she was CFO at PayPal. During her seven years at PayPal, Hentges helped grow the company’s revenue to $2.6 billion.

Online - Ad Tech Start-Up Sociomantic Labs Grabs AdMeld Exec from Google

Google’s top AdMeld employee Jason Kelly, the company’s former chief revenue officer and chief media officer, has joined Sociomantic Labs, a Berlin-based ad tech company that’s expanding from its European base into the US. Sociomantic will carve out a niche by focusing almost entirely on e-commerce companies like eBay that “retarget” Web users who visit their sites. Kelly joined AdMeld from Time Digital where he served as VP of strategy and revenue management. Prior to Time, Kelly was at Rapt, a part of Advertising and Publisher Solutions at Microsoft, where he managed numerous strategic consulting engagements and enterprise software implementations to drive revenue for premium publishers. Prior to working at Rapt, Kelly spent more than a decade in the airline industry most recently as the director of revenue management, sales and online distribution for Virgin America.

COO Moves to Strategic Advisor at Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy

Adam Freed, who was appointed COO at Etsy just over a year ago in 2011, has stepped down from his role at the online crafts marketplace, stating personal reasons. He will become a strategic adviser to CEO Chad Dickerson. He is a former Google employee, serving the company for six years, most recently as Director, Policy & Global Consumer Operations. Before joining Google he was Anchor and Reporter for KNSD - NBC TV, News 12 New Jersey and NHK, Japan Broadcasting.

Business Intelligence Start-Up Hires Former Omniture Exec as President

Domo, the business intelligence start-up, has re-tapped former Omniture president Chris Harrington to be its president. Chris Harrington along with Omniture founder and Domo CEO Josh James worked together for eight years at Omniture, the web analytics and online marketing powerhouse that James cofounded in 1996, took public in 2006, and sold to Adobe in 2009 for $1.8 billion. During that time, Omniture grew to serve more than 5,000 customers globally and made the Inc. 500 for four consecutive years. It was the fastest growing or second-fastest growing public software company globally for three years in a row. Harrington, as Omniture’s president of worldwide sales and client services from 2002-2009, drove Omniture’s annual recurring revenue from $4 million to more than $500 million, and had full responsibility for all customer-facing and revenue-generating activities throughout the company. He served as SVP of sales for Americas enterprise for two years following Adobe’s acquisition of Omniture.

Date range: August 26 - September 23

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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