Yahoo Media Hiring Streak Continues – News, Fashion, and Sports
Yahoo has hired Robertson Barrett as the new head of its powerful News and Finance division. He'll be working under Mickie Rosen, the SVP of Yahoo's Media Network. Barrett has been working in digital media for a long time, including positions at Tribune, ABC, Time, Channel One Interactive, and The Feedroom. Prior to Yahoo, Barrett was the Chief Strategy Officer of Perfect Market and the EVP of Tribune Interacative.
Jai Signh has been selected to be the new editor-in-chief for the Yahoo Media Network. Signh was from the Huffington Post Media Group. He also worked as editor-in-chief and SVP for CNET, and was founder of cnet.news.com.
Ken Fuchs becomes VP of Sports, Games, and Entertainment. Formerly, Fuchs worked for Time, Sports Illustrated, and Fox.
Microsoft/Google Exec Joins AOL; String of Media Hires in Fashion, News, and Women’s Focus
AOL subsidiary, MapQuest, announced the appointment of Vijay Bangaru to VP of Product Management, one of several executive hirings at the online mapping company in recent months. Bangaru joins from Google Docs and Google Apps where he was responsible for all aspects of product development from technical design to partner relations and acquisitions. Bangaru has also served as a program manager at Microsoft, where he worked on the WinFS and SQL projects, and as a software development engineer at Xilinx.
StyleList, an AOL subsidiary which documents fashion and beauty trends, has named Jenny Kang as the new Senior Fashion Editor. Kang will serve under Style Editor Anya Strzemien. Previous to her appointment to StyleList, Kang has worked as Fashion Market Editor for Lucky Magazine and has served as an advisory board member for the Capsule Trade Show.
Neil Katz, former Executive Editor at CBSnews.com, has been selected as the new Executive News Editor for AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Katz has spearheaded a number of rapidly growing online news destinations including work for PBS and the New York Times.
AOL has also announced the promotion of Lori Leibovich to the role of Women’s Editor. Leibovich will help to revitalize web projects such as ParentDish and MyDaily. Leibovich has a vast degree of experience in the industry including positions at Talk, Teen People, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Online Search Engine InfoSpace Names Financial and Strategic Exec
InfoSpace interim Acting CEO William Ruckelshaus, 46, has been named CEO. Prior to his appointment at InfoSpace, Ruckelhaus served as CFO at AudienceScience, a digital advertising company. He has previously held the title of SVP & Head of Corp. Development for Expedia and Director of M&A for Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group. Ruckelhaus has also worked in the planning department at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division and as a consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
Financial Exec Appointed to Local.com Board
Lowell W. Robinson has recently accepted a board seat at the search company. Prior to this appointment, he was CFO for MIVA, HotJobs.com, PRT group, and ADVO. Robinson has also held senior financial positions at Citigroup and Kraft Foods.
Local.com has also announced that Michael Sawtell, 51, will succeed telecom exec Bruce Crair, 54, as COO. Sawtell possesses over a decade of operational experience, including his work as founder and CEO of DigitalPost Interactive, an online digital media company.
LookSmart Online Media Adds CEO to its Board; Names New VP
Scott Kauffman, 54, is a new board member at the pay-per-click company. He is a widely recognized expert in the fields of digital entertainment, Internet media and consumer marketing. Kauffman has recently served as President & CEO of Geeknet. Prior to Geeknet, Kauffman was President & COO at BlueLithium. Kauffman is the Chairman of several Internet companies, including TuneUp Media, MetaChannels, Lotame, and Mintbox, and is a member of the board of MDC Partners.
LookSmart has also appointed Benoit Vatere to be the new VP of their Distrobution Network. Prior to this, Vatere worked as VP of magnify360, a pay-per-click web design company which he helped co-found. He has also held senior marketing positions at Qpuncture and Allegro.