Yahoo! Goes Through Board Changes
Yahoo! added Max Levchin, 26, to its board of directors. Levchin is a computer scientist, serial entrepreneur and angel investor with extensive experience building enduring Internet companies. His latest undertaking, HVF, is focused on solving big problems and improving lives by extracting insights from the vast quantities of data around us. Prior to founding HVF, Levchin served as VP of engineering at Google after its acquisition of Slide, an early developer of social applications which he founded and ran. Levchin incubated and was the first investor in Yelp. He was one of the co-founders of PayPal as well as the company’s CTO, from founding through its acquisition by eBay. Levchin also serves as chairman of the boards at Kaggle and Yelp and is a director at Evernote.
Brad Smith, 48, CEO of Intuit, and David W. Kenny, 50, CEO of the Weather Channel, depart from Yahoo’s Board. Smith, before being named Intuit’s CEO, was SVP and GM of Intuit's Small Business Division, led the company's Consumer Tax Group, and served as VP and GM of Intuit's Accountant Central and Developer Network. Previously, he was SVP of marketing and BD at ADP.
David W. Kenny is Chairman and CEO of The Weather Company. Previously, he co-founded and served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was Chairman and CEO at Digitas, a top global integrated brand agency.
AOL Appoints Senior Execs
AOL named Jack Bamberger as Head of Agency and Industry Relations. Bamberger joins the AOL team from MEC where he was President of Digital in North America. Prior to joining MEC, Bamberger was at Dentsu America where he was Chief Consumer Engagement Officer and set up the digital and social media practice in the U.S. for the agency. Prior to this, Jack worked as Chief Client Officer at appsavvy and EVP of Katalyst.
AOL's Advertising.com Group appointed Allie Savarino Kline to the newly created role of CMO. Most recently she was the CMO for big data and social graph company 33Across, and served as VP, Marketing at Brand Affinity Technologies.
Groupon Appoints Divisional Sales Exec
Groupon named Mike DeLuca as VP of Sales for Breadcrumb, the company's iPad-based point-of-sale system for restaurants, bars and cafes. In addition, DeLuca will remain in his current role as VP of Sales and Operations for Savored, a Groupon-owned restaurant reservation and yield management platform for high-end establishments. DeLuca is a 20-year sales veteran with experience at a number of technology companies that cater to local businesses. In the early days of Savored, he played a key role as Chief Revenue Officer, and prior to that he served as SVP of Sales and Operations at AOL Local, where he managed all revenue and operations for a sales team of more than 300 inside and field representatives. DeLuca has also held SVP and VP sales and operations roles at Yahoo and Yodle, a New York-based startup specializing in marketing management tools.
Zynga Names Chief Creative Officer
Zynga has promoted Tim LeTourneau to the position of Chief Creative Officer, replacing Mike Verdu, who left the company in August to start his own game company. Previously, LeTourneau was Zynga’s VP of games in charge of FarmVille 2, the company’s most successful game launch over the past few months.
Twitter Shuffles Top Brass with New COO and CFO Appointments
In a move that shuffles some of the highest ranking members of the microblogging start-up’s executive team, Ali Rowghani has been named COO of Twitter. Rowghani, who has been with the company since 2010, came to Twitter to act as CFO after leaving the same role he held at Walt Disney Company’s Pixar animation studios. He was at Pixar for more than nine years, serving as CFO for half that time.
Former Zynga treasurer Mike Gupta will slide into Rowghani’s CFO slot. Gupta spent a little more than a year in the role at Zynga, and was previously a high-ranking exec at Yahoo, where he played an instrumental part in Yahoo’s search and online partnership deals with Microsoft.
Othman Laraki, VP of Growth, leaves. Othman is co-founder and former President of GeoAPI.com / Mixer Labs. Before Mixer Labs, Othman was at Google, where he managed a number of products including the Google Toolbar, Google Gears, early Firefox extensions, as well FastNet (real-time fetching and caching infrastructure). Prior to Google, Othman was at ACCESS Systems, where he ran server-side engineering.
Google Exec Departs from HomeAway’s Board; Former AOL Exec Fills Vacancy
Susan Wojcicki, 44, leaves as director of HomeAway, the company that manages online vacation rentals sites. Wojcicki joined HomeAway’s board in 2011, right before the company went public. A Google veteran, she serves currently as SVP of product management and engineering for all advertising products at Google.
The company elected Tina Sharkey to fill Wojcicki’s vacancy. Sharkey was chairman and global President of BabyCenter, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, she held various senior positions at AOL.
Payments Processor Appoints Accomplished Finance Exec to Board
Heartland Payment Systems appointed Maureen Breakiron-Evans, 57, to board. She served as CFO of Towers Perrin, VP & GM of CIGNA, EVP and CFO at Inovant, and held several positions at Transamerica Corporation including VP and General Auditor, VP of Control and Services and President of Transamerica Business Technologies. Ms. Breakiron-Evans began her career as a financial auditor, ultimately serving as an Audit Partner with Arthur Andersen.
Bazaarvoice Witnesses Marketing Leadership Changes
Bazaarvoice named Lisa Pearson as EVP of Marketing. She was previously the VP of Global Marketing for Bazaarvoice, where she led brand strategy, media relations, analyst relations and field enablement. She joined Bazaarvoice after 20 years in the marketing industry, including leadership roles at global agencies, DeVries and Euro RSCG, where she led work for clients, including American Express, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Sprint and many others.
Pearson succeeds Erin Mulligan Nelson, who held the CMO role at Bazaarvoice since joining the company in 2010 and is leaving the company to pursue other ventures. As the CMO, she oversaw significant gains in brand penetration, partner growth, influencer advocacy and revenue growth.
Trulia Appoints Leader to Build New Industry Services
Trulia, the real estate site operator, announced the appointment of industry veteran Alon Chaver as VP of Industry Services. Alon has more than 25 years of industry experience and will be responsible for overseeing Trulia's data operations and industry services. Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of iHomeFinder, serving brokers and MLSs across the country for over 15 years. As VP of Industry Services, Alon is responsible for the strategy and direction of Trulia's Broker, MLS and Data teams. In this role he will lead Trulia's efforts to build new industry services for Brokers and MLSs, expand data quality initiatives, and strengthen industry partnerships.
AOL Exec Named Huffington Post CEO
Jimmy Maymann, who had been serving as AOL’s head of international operations, has been named CEO of the Huffington Post Media Group. He was the co-founder of goviral, a content distribution network acquired by AOL in 2011. Prior to goviral, Jimmy ran Neo Ideo, a digital consultancy he launched in 1995 and later sold to the advertising agency Leo Burnett in 2000. Jimmy also served on the board of facial recognition company Polar Rose, which was sold to Apple
Patch Names President and COO
Patch, AOL’s local news platform, names Steven Kalin, 47, as president and COO. He previously held the COO position at radio syndication giant Westwood One and health and fitness publisher Rodale. He was COO and then CEO of Astata, a business to business wireless software company, and served as CFO and COO of Medscape, a leading online website for physicians, and was VP of BD for ESPN Internet Ventures and with ESPN Enterprises. At the start of his career, he was a consultant with McKinsey in the firm’s media practice.
eHarmony Hires CTO from MyLife.com
Thod Nguyen has been named CTO at eHarmony. Most recently, Thod served as the CTO for MyLife.com where he was responsible for the company-wide technology vision, strategic roadmap, infrastructure, team building, technical leadership and agile project management for all cross-functional initiatives in multiple locations globally. Before joining MyLife, Thod served as the Chief Architect at United Online, whose brands include MyPoints, Classmates, FTD and NetZero. Additionally, Thod holds a patent for Web Acceleration.
Amazon China President Leaves
The long-serving president of Amazon China, Wang Hanhua, has departed from his Amazon post. He is the new CEO of Allyes, a Shanghai-based internet interactive marketing service. Wang Hanhua joined Amazon China back in 2005, when it was still branded Joyo Amazon after the US e-tailer acquired e-commerce startup Joyo so as to establish itself in mainland China.
Bluefly Names CFO
e-Commerce company Bluefly named James Gallagher as CFO. Mr. Gallagher comes to Bluefly with over 33 years of extensive financial, strategic and operations experience with growth oriented international, entrepreneurial and corporate entities across a broad range of industries, including Internet focused marketing, e-commerce, entertainment, and technology companies. Most recently, he was CFO at Vertro. Prior to his experience at Vertro, he owned and operated Gallagher Enterprises, a strategic financial and management consulting firm he founded in 2001. He held senior financial and operations positions at a number of growth oriented entrepreneurial entities including VP, CFO and Secretary at technology company, VRex and CFO at Viz-rt. He also spent 10 years as a Senior Audit Manager at the international accounting and consulting firm of Arthur Andersen.
BUZZMEDIA Names New CEO and Chair
BUZZMEDIA, a pop culture Web publisher, has a new CEO. President Stephen Hansen has taken the top spot, replacing Tyler Goldman, who moves up to executive chairman after six years.
Before joining BUZZMEDIA in 2012, Hansen served as president and chief operating officer of TrueCar, Inc., where he managed technology, product development, business intelligence, strategy and administration. He got his start at auditing firm KPMG where he ascended to partner before leaving to serve as a senior vice president at Universal Studios. Hansen joined GeoCities as COO in 1997 where he oversaw the online community through its IPO and subsequent $5 billion sale to Yahoo!.
Prior to BUZZMEDIA, Tyler worked extensively in digital publishing, helping found and build Broadband Sports, an early web publishing pioneer, and Movielink, a joint venture among Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures, which was sold to Blockbuster. Prior to these roles, Tyler was a venture capital attorney at Wilson, Sonsini and a sports attorney at Steinberg & Moorad, where he represented Steve Young and Troy Aikman.
Zynga Exec Joins Paltalk
Wilson Kriegel has been named president and COO of Paltalk, a provider of group video calls. Prior to this, Kriegel was at Zynga, having joined the social games maker through the acquisition of OMGPOP, where he was chief revenue officer. Kriegel will be responsible for Paltalk’s growth and research and business development.
Tapjoy Sees CEO Replacement
Tapjoy, a leading mobile and advertising platform, named Steve Wadsworth , the former president of Disney Interactive Media Group and a current Tapjoy Director, as President and CEO of the company. The Board also announced the resignation of Mihir Shah as President and CEO. In his most recent role, Wadsworth served as president of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), the interactive entertainment segment of The Walt Disney Company. Before joining The Walt Disney Company in 1993, Wadsworth was a principal for the Windsor Park Group in Los Angeles, an investment, acquisition and consulting firm focused on the retail and consumer products industries.
Syndicatable Social Video Commerce Leader Cinsay Appoints New CIO
Cinsay, a leader in social video commerce and merchant aggregation through MyCinsay.com, has named Todd Downing as CIO. Previously, Downing served as Director of Product Management for Cinsay. Before joining the company, he was responsible for Global Online Capabilities for Dell. He has also served in key technology positions at Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Belo Interactive and Neiman Marcus.
SecureNet Payment Systems Appoints CTO
SecureNet Payment Systems, payment processing technology provider, named Mike Hennesy as EVP, CTO. Prior to joining the SecureNet team, Hennesy was VP of IT at Intuit. Hennesy founded Innovative Merchant Solutions, a leading independent bankcard acquirer, bought by Intuit in 2003 and has held numerous senior IT management positions at payments companies including Superior Bankcard Service.
Google’s Former Identity Director Joins as CTO at Trulioo
Andrew Nash was appointed as CTO at Trulioo. Nash’s most recent job was as the director of Internet identity products at Google, and he first joined Trulioo as an advisor before coming on full-time in August this year.
Date range: November 19 - December 21