Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Quits Amazon Board
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Blake Krikorian, 44, has quit the board of Amazon.com about a year and a half after joining. He has now joined Microsoft as Corporate VP for its Interactive Entertainment Business. Krikorian is the founder of id8 Group Holdings, a technology consulting and incubation firm, where he has served as CEO. He was the co-founder of Sling Media, a digital television technology company that was acquired by EchoStar Holding in 2007, and served as its Chairman and CEO.
PayPal Hires Senior Execs
Arnold Goldberg has been named VP of Customer Experience Engineering. Goldberg most recently came from Box, where, as VP of Engineering, he helped establish the cloud-based sharing platform. At PayPal, he will work on coming up with new technology for PayPal’s small businesses and merchants.
Koby Avital is now VP of Architecture and Infrastructure. Avital comes from Microsoft, where he led the company’s service-oriented architecture strategy and platform development. At PayPal, he will lead strategic architecture, infrastructure and innovative research.
Ryan Granard has been named as VP of Platform Engineering. Ryan comes most recently from DreamWorks Animation, where he built an internal platform that was able to scale globally. He was also an early employee of Webvan, the online grocery service. At PayPal, he will be in charge of building internal cloud services.
Alibaba CEO Steps Down
Jack Ma, 48, founder of Alibaba Group, is stepping down as CEO. Ma said he would name an internal candidate as successor in May. Ma will transition to a new role as Chairman. Ma and 18 partners launched Alibaba.com in 1999, with a dream of making business easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises. With Ma at the helm, Alibaba grew to become China's dominant e-commerce site through its Taobao Marketplace, which lets consumers trade goods online.
AOL CEO Joins Board of Online Travel Company
priceline.com named Timothy (Tim) Armstrong, 41, to the Board. He is the Chairman and CEO of AOL. He joined AOL in 2009 from Google, where he served as President of the Americas Operations, overseeing North American and Latin American advertising sales, marketing and operations teams. He also was a member of Google's Operating Committee, the company's executive team. Prior to joining Google, he was VP of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Snowball.com. Before that, he was Director of Integrated Sales and Marketing for Starwave's and Disney's ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures.
Two Senior Execs Leave Yahoo!; New HR Exec Hired from Disney/ABC Television
Yahoo! Connections SVP Shashi Seth is leaving the company. He was responsible for Yahoo! Search, Mail & Messenger, Flickr, Answers, Groups, IntoNow and other products. He was promoted to this role in 2012, from SVP of Search & Marketplaces. He is a former Products Exec from AOL, Google and eBay.
Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Justin Somaini has also left the company. Before Yahoo!, he was CISO at Symantec, Director, Information Security at Verisign, Managing Director at Charles Schwab and a Manager at PwC.
Yahoo! hired recruitment veteran Sandy Gould, most recently of the Disney/ABC Television Group, as SVP of Global Talent Acquisition and Development. At Disney/ABC, Gould led recruiting for over two years as VP Recruiting, and before that he was VP of HR for Linden Lab/Second Life, VP Executive Recruiting and Organizational Development at Real Networks, and AVP Executive recruiting at Washington Mutual.
AOL Advertising Names Marketing Exec
AOL hired Erika Nardini as VP, Head of Marketing Solutions for AOL Advertising. A veteran of the media business, Nardini joins the company from Demand Media, where she served as SVP of Sales and Marketing. She also spent time with Microsoft building the global capabilities of its branded entertainment and experiences business while opening several offices for that unit around the globe. She began her career of the company's display business across DMD's four flagship properties. Earlier in her career, Nardini was VP, Brand Packaging & Solutions with working for agencies Digitas and Arnold.
ValueClick Shuffles CEO
Online advertising firm ValueClick has named John Giuliani as its new President and CEO, replacing former CEO James R. Zarley. , who becomes Executive Chairman of ValueClick's board of directors. Mr. Giuliani has served as the Company's COO, overseeing the Company's U.S. Media and Affiliate Marketing businesses. Prior to holding this position, he was president of ValueClick's Dotomi division and was CEO of Dotomi at the time of its acquisition by ValueClick in 2011. He is also a member of ValueClick's board
Mr. Zarley served as the Company's CEO since 2010, and between 1999 and 2007, and he has been a member of the Company's board since 1999.
OpenTable Operations Exec Resigns
Joel Brown, 51, SVP, Operations, of OpenTable has resigned. He joined OpenTable in 2001 from Charitableway, an application service provider linking businesses and the nonprofit sector. As EVP, he built and led the business operations, product management, customer service, charity relations and account management teams. Prior to joining Charitableway, Joel spent almost eight years at Intuit, as VP and General Manager leading the re-engineering of the Financial Supplies Group's business operations. He then built the Employer Services organization that launched a revolutionary Internet-based payroll service for small businesses.
Former Google Exec Joins Bazaarvoice as SVP of Media Products
Bazaarvoice, the social commerce company, has appointed Ari Paparo to the position of SVP of Media Products. In this newly-created role, Paparo will be responsible for driving the growth and development of Bazaarvoice's data, media, and advertising products. Mr. Paparo joins Bazaarvoice to supplement and leverage last year's acquisition of media advertising network Longboard Media. Longboard is a leader in helping to monetize eCommerce sites' traffic through premium advertising and sponsorships. Immediately prior to Bazaarvoice, he was the SVP of Product Management for AppNexus, where he launched the digital advertising industry's first apps marketplace. He is a six-year veteran of Google, where he was the Director of Product Management at Google's DoubleClick business. Ari is well known in the online advertising community for his authorship of the VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) specification for online video and his development of an online gross ratings point (GRP) model for Nielsen.
Global Online Travel Company Appoints iCFO
Orbitz Worldwide appointed David Belmont, 46, as Interim CFO. He replaces Mitch Marcus who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Prior to this, Mr. Belmont, has served as the Company's Group VP, Financial Planning & Analysis, and VP, Business Planning. Before joining the Company, he served as Director, Corporate Planning at Cendant, and in several corporate planning, investor relations and financial analyst positions at Galileo International.
Acquity Group Promotes Senior Execs for Future Growth
Leading brand commerce and digital marketing firm Acquity Group promoted Jay Dettling as President to lead North American Services. With more than 11 years' experience in key leadership roles at the company, specifically overseeing business development and omni-channel service lines, Dettling will enable the company to expand to new markets and add to its already prestigious portfolio of major retailers, consumer brands and B2B companies, including General Motors, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Walmart.com and W.W. Grainger . Prior, Dettling served as EVP, North American Services.
Andy Peebler has been appointed as EVP, Global Sales. In his new position, Peebler will lead business development in North American and international markets as the company extends its offerings in strategic, creative and technical services groups. Previously EVP of North American Sales and Business Development, Peebler was responsible for Acquity Group's first new market expansion in Phoenix, and subsequent launches on the West Coast, opening and growing five additional offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boise and Seattle. Throughout his tenure, Peebler built a national team that grew Acquity Group's business, including landing many major B2B and B2C client wins including HTC, American Express, Adobe Systems Incorporated and Shimano.
First Data CEO to Retire
Jonathan J. Judge, 59, CEO and Board Member of First Data, is retiring from his position for health reasons. He will continue to serve as CEO and a director until the Board conducts a search for a new CEO. Prior to joining First Data, Judge served as president and CEO of Paychex, and CEO for Crystal Decisions, purchased by Business Objects. Judge began his career as a sales trainee and spent 26 years with IBM, serving in a series of positions with increasing responsibility. In his last year with IBM, Judge led the Personal Computing Division. Judge also served as general manager of Worldwide Sales and Service in IBM’s Personal Systems Group. He left IBM in 2002 to become CEO of Crystal Decisions.
Twitter Adds to Design Team
Twitter made the latest addition to its design team. Paul Stamatiou, co-founder of the photo-sharing service PicPlum has joined the company recently as an Experience Designer. As an intern for Yahoo in 2006, Stamatiou worked on developing the company’s “Yodel Anecdotal” corporate blog. Paul was previously co-founder of Y Combinator startup Notifo and Skribit.
Hulu CEO and CTO to Leave
Hulu's CEO Jason Kilar, 41, is leaving the company sometime in the first-quarter of 2013. He was previously SVP - Worldwide Application Software at Amazon. Before that he served as VP, General Manager - North America Media (Books, Music, DVD/Video) and VP, General Manager DVD/Video at Amazon, and as an Analyst at The Walt Disney Company.
Rich Tom, Hulu's SVP and CTO, will also be leaving the streaming TV Company soon. Before his current role, he served as Hulu's VP of advertising technology and operations overseeing the development of Hulu's advertising platforms and leading the sales operations strategy. Richard joined Hulu in 2007 after spending eight years at Microsoft in a variety of software development roles, from building database replication engines on the SQL server team to leading a team of engineers architecting the business application platform for Office Live, one of Microsoft's first entries into software as a service.
NoWait Hires New CEO; Founder Will Become Chief Product Officer
NoWait, a seating & wait list service for Casual Dining Restaurants, has hired a new CEO. Ware Sykes will replace NoWait founder Robb Myer, who will stay on as President and Chief Product Officer. Sykes was previously VP of Sales & Services at TheLadders, a career advice site.
Zillow Appoints Industry Vet as VP of Strategic Partnerships
Zillow has hired real estate industry veteran Chris Crocker as the company's VP of strategic partnerships. He brings more than 16 years of experience in the real estate industry and will be responsible for guiding initiatives for the industry and developing strategic partnerships with brokers. Crocker previously served as regional VP of operations for the Southwestern U.S. region of NRT, the nation's largest real estate brokerage. Crocker will be an integral part of Zillow's growing industry relations team, which includes Bob Bemis, VP of partner relations; Sara Bonert, VP of broker services; and Andrew Wild, director of brokerage sales.
Overstock.com Names Technology VP
Overstock.com, the e-commerce company, has named Bhargav Shah as its new SVP of Technology. Shah has worked for KPMG as a director in its IT advisory group. Previously, Shah had been with BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) for 10 years with increasing responsibilities from consultant through senior manager. Shah replaces Sam Peterson who will remain with the company for a transition period. Peterson is joining Open English, an online English language learning school.
TruEffect Names Former Yahoo! VP as New CEO
TruEffect, a provider of online advertising services and products, has named Finnegan Faldi as its new CEO. Current CEO Ron Hill becomes Chairman of the board. Prior to TruEffect, he was most recently COO of Datalogix and prior to that he served as the VP of the Global Broadband business for Yahoo!. Finnegan's experience also includes SVP of e-Commerce at Solidus Networks, and VP of Business Development and Sales for United Online.
BlogFrog Names New Sales VP
BlogFrog, the company which develops software to help manage social marketing campaigns and reach influencers, named Greg Zippi has joined the company as VP of Worldwide Sales. Most recently, he was VP of Sales, Visitor Acquisition Products at Adobe, VP of Sales, SEM at Omniture, Regional Sales Director at Actional, Regional VP at WebMethods, SVP Worldwide Sales at Novarra, and Regional VP of Sales at GemStone Systems.
CraveOnline Names Executive Editor
CraveOnline Media, the largest online male lifestyle publisher which is a unit of Evolve Media, has named Jason Kobely as Executive Editor. Kobely previously served as News Director at KNSI Radio and Supervising Web Producer at KXTV News 10, as well as anchor and editor at NewsTalk 1530 KFBK.
Lynda.com Furthers Strategic Momentum with New CTO and CFO
Lynda.com, the online video education and tutorial site, has named Frits Habermann as CTO. Habermann joins from PopCap Games, a leading online game platform and a known provider of global-scale free online games. Prior to PopCap, he held a number of positions at Adobe, where he was instrumental in the development of InDesign. More recently, he held the position of VP of core technologies, supplying all the fundamental technologies to flagship products Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, Illustrator and InDesign. Before Adobe, Habermann held several development and engineering management roles at RealNetworks, Edmark and Siemens.
The company said it has named Elaine Kitagawa as CFO. Kitagawa comes to lynda.com from her CFO role at Saba Software. Prior to Saba, Kitagawa served as COO of global social gaming online community Gaia Online. Her experience spans software, high-technology, and Internet companies, including online commerce and transaction innovator Ariba, where she served as VP of corporate finance and investor relations.
Former SuccessFactors CFO Joins Online Real Estate Marketplace
Auction.com, the online real estate marketplace, has appointed Bruce Felt, 52, the former CFO of SuccessFactors, as EVP and CFO. Before that, he was CFO of LANDesk Software, a security and systems management software company. Subsequent to LANDesk’s acquisition by Avocent in 2006, he was retained by Avocent to assist with transitional matters. Before that, he served as CFO of Integral Development, an on-demand software company.
Fandango Names New Marketing Head
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and a unit of NBCUniversal, has named a new VP of Marketing. Adam Rockmore, who was most recently SVP of Marketing for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, has been appointed to the position. Rockmore also held the position of SVP Marketing at ABC News, where he spearheaded integration between on air and online to drive a program-focused digital strategy and create a more robust consumer experience. In addition, Rockmore spent time as VP of Marketing, E-Commerce & Public Relations at Food Network. He also oversaw strategy, marketing and user experience for Scripps Networks' online stores Shopathometv.com, Foodnetwork.com, HGTV.com, and DIYnetwork.com.
Zynga BD Exec Joins Betable
Zynga’s VP of business development, Jonathan Flesher, has left the company to join Betable, a gaming platform startup that provides back-end tools for game developers to implement real-money gambling online. Flesher will be doing similar work as executive VP of business development at his new gig. Before Zynga he was Senior Director, Business Development at Electronic Arts.
Former Yahoo! iCEO to run Guggenheim Digital Media
Ross Levinsohn, 48, former interim chief executive of Yahoo, has been appointed CEO of the newly created Guggenheim Digital Media, the digital arm of private equity firm Guggenheim Partners. In his new position, Mr Levinsohn will work closely with those titles and Guggenheim's other assets, including Dick Clark Productions. Before being appointed iCEO at Yahoo!, he had been running the Americas unit of the Internet giant, joining in 2010. He is the co-founder and former Managing Director of Fuse Capital (formerly Velocity Interactive Group), an investment firm focused on digital media and communications. Formerly, he served in leadership roles at News Corp, as President and SVP/GM of Fox Interactive Media and SVP of News Digital Media.
Former Best Buy CMO Joins LivingSocial
Deal-of-the-day website LivingSocial has appointed former Best Buy CMO Barry Judge to the position of CMO. Judge headed up marketing at the electronics retailer for four years, after which he resigned to explore new opportunities. At LivingSocial, Judge will be responsible for overseeing online and offline advertising, brand management, social media and communications.
Date range: December 22 - January 16