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Google VP becomes CEO of Yahoo!; Commerce Exec leaves for VC-Firm

Marrissa Mayer, 37, Google’s VP of Local and Maps, joins Yahoo as CEO. She oversaw product management and engineering work for Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth and local search products. She was also VP, Search Products and User Experience at Google. She joined Google in 1999 and was the company’s first female engineer.

Google’s VP, Commerce & Payments, Stephanie Tilenius, 43, left to become executive-in-residence at VC-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Prior to Google, she was SVP & GM, eBay North America and Global Product , VP & GM, PayPal Merchant Services, VP & GM, eBay Motors, VP of International at eBay and SVP, Marketing and Sales at PlanetRx.

Facebook COO Joins Company's Board

Facebook added COO Sheryl Sandberg, 42, to the company's board of directors. Sandberg oversees Facebook's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. Sandberg also serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day.

Yahoo! taps Google VP as new CEO; With Prior Leadership Changes made by iCEO

Yahoo! has appointed Google VP, Marissa Mayer, 37, as President and CEO and Member of the Board of Directors. She takes over from interim CEO Ross Levinson, 48, who took on the role in May as former CEO Scott Thompson, 54, left over the resume scandal. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue. Ms. Mayer has been VP of Local and Maps for Google since 2010. She is an Engineer and managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail — creating much of the “look and feel” of the Google user experience.

Michael J. Callahan, 43, resigned as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Yahoo. Ron Bell (Ron Bell), the current Yahoo associate general counsel, will fill Callahan’s position temporarily. Previously Callahan was SVP and served as a Deputy General Counsel and an Assistant Secretary, its Associate General Counsel, Senior Corporate Counsel and Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Yahoo in 1999, he served as the Manager of BD and Corporate Counsel of Electronics for Imaging. Prior to that, he was associated with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He has been a Director of 5to1 Holding and interCLICK since 2011.

The company re-appointed Scott Bushman as VP, Media Networks for Canada, Latin America and for the U.S. Hispanic market. Most recently, Scott was SVP of Digital at Wasserman Media Group and VP of Business Development, Content and Programming at Metacafe. He created and founded, a digital action sports extension of ESPN. Prevously he served Yahoo as Senior Director, Business Development, Global Publisher Solutions.

John Buchanan, formerly VP of Global Marketing at Electronic Arts, is now Head of Consumer Marketing at Yahoo. Prior to Electronic Arts, he was the VP, Product Marketing, Strategic Planning and Sales at Cranium, one of the world's fastest growing independent gaming brands.

John replaced Barbara O'Connor who joins Move, the real estate focused online network, as EVP of Marketing. O'Connor, spent more than 10 years at Yahoo!, most recently as VP of Global Consumer Marketing and was responsible for leading the marketing of the Yahoo! Commerce and Media properties across many platforms, including the category-leading News, Sports, Finance, Entertainment, and Lifestyles sites. Prior to Yahoo!, she helped launch Kontiki, by developing and managing marketing initiatives to drive awareness of the company's software-based content delivery network.

Ken Fuchs moved into an expanded global role as Head of Entertainment, Sports and Games. Ken is also being charged with developing some new opportunities coming soon for Yahoo. In the meantime, Ken will continue to build on Yahoo!'s successes in sports around the world. Before Yahoo he was VP, Emerging Platforms Business Development and Partnerships at Time, VP and GM, Sports Illustrated Digital Group at Time, VP, Strategy and Development at Fox Interactive Media - Revenue Group and Director, Business Development at Sports Illustrated.

Rich Cusick joined the company as VP of Entertainment and Women's Lifestyles. Cusick will drive the vision and lead execution globally for Yahoo! Shine, Health, and Entertainment properties (omg!, Movies, TV and Music). Rich Cusick most recently served as Interim GM of (a division of, GM of Swirl by Daily Candy, and SVP of Digital Media at Gemstar TV Guide. He started his career in investment banking in the media practices of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns.

AOL Promotes CFO to COO

AOL promoted Artie Minson, Jr. from CFO to COO, overseeing AOL's plan to form three operating units: AOL Membership Group, Content Brands Group, and the Group. This new role and operating structure will allow the company to go deeper on its focus on profitability, coordinated business execution, and resource allocation across its portfolio of brands and services. He will continue to report to Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AOL and the company is actively interviewing replacement candidates for AOL's CFO position.

PayPal Reorganizes Businesses to Grow Around Current Trends

PayPal is reorganizing its business around mobile, merging several product groups and promoting execs to head up the new divisions. As part of the restructure, the online, offline and mobile payments groups will merge into a single mobile group led by VP, Global Product, Hill Ferguson. Most recently, as the head of PayPal’s Mobile product team, he led efforts around PayPal Here and, subsequently, the Mobile Check In API.

The firm will also merge its Americas regional organization with its global financial services group, with the merged group led by acquired company BillMeLater’s CEO Gary Marino. He is now named SVP of Global Financial Services and the Americas.

In addition, VP of Retail and Prepaid Products, Don Kingsborough, who joined PayPal last year to help expand the company to offline payments, will be joining PayPal’s executive team.

Rupert Keeley, who was President of Asia Pacific, is now SVP of EMEA. He will remain the interim head of Asia Pacific until a replacement is found.

Youku Promotes Finance Execs

Youku, the China-based internet TV Company, promoted CFO and SVP Dele Liu, 43, as President. Michael ‘Ge’ Xu, 42, previously SVP of Finance, succeeds Mr. Liu as CFO and SVP. Mr. Liu served as Director since 2010, and served as CFO and SVP since 2006. He has ten years of experience in the PE industry in China. Prior to joining company, he was VP of Power Pacific Corporation, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. He worked at Richina Capital Partners as an investment manager. Prior to joining Youku in 2011, Mr. Xu held various senior executive positions at Chinese technology and media companies, including Lenovo, Alibaba, and Focus Media. Prior to that, Xu worked at Cisco Systems in the US and as an auditor at PWC in Beijing.

e-payment Processing Services Company adds three Senior Positions for Future Growth

Heartland Payment Systems promotes President Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr, 57, as Vice Chairman. Before becoming the President he was the company’s CFO unitl 2011.

Michael A. Lawler, 49, previously Chief of Corporate Development, was promoted to President - Strategic Markets Group, to lead Heartland's growth in key markets including: retail, services, education, healthcare, government, utility and micropayments. Prior to joining Heartland in 2009, he was a SVP at Tier Technologies,, where he was responsible for the Official Payments Corporation subsidiary, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions.

The company also appointed David Gilbert, 55, as President - Hospitality Group. Mr. Gilbert is currently transitioning from his present position as the COO for the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry's largest and most respected trade organization. Prior to that, he was a restaurant industry consultant and held other senior executive positions including Chief Administrative Officer with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and EVP and Chief Administrative Officer with Shoney's.

Social Travel Networking Company Appoints Intuit and Apple Execs to Solidify Top Corporate Ranks

Airbnb, the network that connects travelers with accommodation hosts, has hired Intuit finance exec Andrew Swain as CFO. At Intuit, he was VP of finance for consumer group, which includes its well-known TurboTax, Quicken and Mint products. Previous to that, Swain was VP of Corporate Strategy and Development. Swain also worked at the Boston Consulting Group.

AirBnb also hired their Head of Talent — former Apple HR Exec Joni Reicher. She was most recently Senior Director of HR, focused on Apple’s Sales Organization and also on its International Recruiting.

Provider of Online Education Programs Appoints Independent Director as Chairman

K12 appointed Nathaniel A. Davis, 58, as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Davis has been an independent member of the Board since 2009. He is currently managing director of RANND Advisory Group, where he provides consulting services to technology and media companies. He previously was CEO, President and a board member of XM Satellite Radio. Prior to XM Satellite Radio, he was President and COO, and board member of XO Communications.

Online Marketing Company Board and Exec Changes

Constant Contact elected online media company CityGrid Media’s CEO Jay Herratti to the Board. He formerly served as SVP Strategic Planning at IAC, as well as CEO of Evite and Interim CEO of IAC Advertising Solutions. Before joining IAC, Mr. Herratti held the position of SVP of e-business strategy and development for Federated Department Stores. Previously, he held senior positions with The Boston Consulting Group and GE Capital.

The company also appointed Ken Surdan to the newly created role of SVP, Product. The newly created role will oversee product strategy, engineering, and operations. Most recently he was VP of Operations at Turbine, where he was responsible for technical operations and infrastructure, customer service, project management, and international operations. Prior to Turbine, he was the SVP of Technology at TripAdvisor, and COO and CTO at

Former Yahoo Engineer Hired as CTO by OpenTable

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation network, named Joseph Essas, 41, as CTO. He previously served as the CTO for eHarmony where he was responsible for overseeing and guiding the technical development, operation and growth of the company. Prior to eHarmony, he served as VP of Engineering of Yahoo! where he managed engineering teams for the search marketing division.

Co-CEOs of Chinese Social Media Company Take over Operational Role as COO leaves’s COO Qingyuan Fang, 45, has resigned from the company. His responsibilities will be assumed by Rose Gong, 36, the founder and co-CEO of the company, and Linguang Wu, 40, co-CEO. Ms. Gong founded the online dating social network company in 2003 and has been the CEO since 2004 and has been co-CEO since early 2012

Mr. Wu became co-CEO in early 2012. He was previously VP, KongZhong Corporation, a provider of digital entertainment services in China. Before joining KongZhong, he was a technology manager at

FriendFinder Names new CEO; Former CEO to assume Co-Chair and Strategy role

Social networking company FriendFinder Networks names COO Anthony Previte, 47, as CEO. CEO Marc H. Bell, 44, will serve as Co-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. Previte has been COO since 2008 and became President in March 2012. Before that he was Managing Member of Starsmith, a financial business consulting and outsourcing services company, and CTO & COO of Globix Corporation. Bell has been CEO and a Director since 2004. He also served as President till March 2012.

Online Insurance Marketplace Operator names CFO

Internet Patents Corporation named Steven J. Yasuda as CFO. Mr. Yasuda joined the Company in 1999 and had served as the Company's Chief Accounting Officer since 2007. He replaces Hussein Enan who was serving as interim CFO. Mr. Enan will continue to serve as the Company's CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Streaming Media Solutions Company Appoints Sales Head

ViewCast names Wayne Shackelford as VP Worldwide Sales. For the past three years he was GM - Hosted Sales for ASSIA Inc's DSL Management Software division, a company he began working for in its start-up phase. Prior to ASSIA, Shackelford was SVP Worldwide Sales for Zeugma Systems, the telecom equipment supplier later acquired by Tellabs. Prior to that, he was SVP of Worldwide Sales/Services for Verilink.

Group buying e-commerce Company names CFO and Names Advisory Board Members

BUILDABLOCK named Daniel J. Krofcheck, 58, as EVP and CFO. The Company's previous CFO, Alex Kestenbaum has resigned. Most recently Mr. Krofcheck served as CFO of Globe Specialty Metals. Prior to that, he served as VP and Treasurer of Century Aluminum, Assistant Treasurer for H. J. Heinz Company, Manager of New York City treasury operations at United States Steel Corporation.

The company appointed Jonathan Wener and Sheldon Leibner as members of its Advisory Board. Wener is well-known in the Canadian real estate community as the founder and CEO of Canderel, one of Canada's most prominent real estate investment companies. Leibner has more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry and is CEO and co-owner of Linen Chest, a renowned, Montreal-based chain of home fashion stores.

VuMee Executive Changes

VuMee, the mobile video platform company, has appointed Lou Rosen as COO. Prior to joining VuMee, Rosen was an integral part of his family's business, Lynn Electronics, providers of data and telecom products in the industry.

Stacie Daley resigned as secretary of VuMee to join Marshall Grant. Prior to VuMee she was Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and In House Counsel at EMBC.

Hipcricket Promotes Sales and Development Execs

Hipcricket, the one-stop mobile marketing and advertising subsidiary of Augme Technologies, promoted Doug Stovall to EVP-Sales and Services. He previously was the company's SVP of Sales and Client Services.

The company promoted Mark Baker to Chief Development Officer. Baker, who previously served as Hipcricket's SVP Product Development and Global Systems Management, has overseen multiple product and platform releases, including the buildout and vision of the AD SERVER platform.

WMX appoints Financial Heavyweight as CFO

Philip Clark, CA, CPA, CFA, 49, is the new CFO of WMX Group Holdings, the e-commerce platform provider. Most recently he has served as the CFO for American Rare Earths & Material, in the sporting goods and materials application sector for the last three years. He was a senior manager and partner of Danziger Hochman Partners. He also served as a manager, then Partner, and then Managing Partner of Mackay Landau, Chartered Accountants.

Date range: June 18th - July 15th

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