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Facebook Nabs Brunswick Exec for Top Communications Job

Brunswick Group's US managing partner Michael Buckley is leaving the agency for a top communications role at Facebook. He has been working with Facebook on a range of corporate and other PR issues over the last several years will be joining the social networking giant as VP of business communications. Buckley has been with the global strategy and communications consultancy Brunswick Group, one of Facebook’s outside agencies, where he represented a number of clients. Before Brunswick, he served as senior MD and national director of the litigation group at Hill & Knowlton.

Joe Lockhart, former VP of global communications at Facebook, left the social networking giant in 2012. Glover Park Group, a firm he co-founded, announced that Lockhart would return to the agency as a senior adviser.

Yahoo! Continues With Senior Management Changes

Couple of senior Yahoo! execs, SVP of business development and partnerships, Raymond Stern, and VP of marketing solutions, Liz Ritzcovan, have left the company. Stern was hired in 2009, and has held a number of jobs in areas such as business development, audience, mobile and local. Ritzcovan has been at the company since early 2011, most currently as a VP of marketing solutions.

Meanwhile, SVP of advertising and data platforms, Scott Burke, has been promoted to the executive staff, in charge of all ad tech platforms in a continuing product overhaul at Yahoo.

VeriFone Systems Makes Board and Executive Management Changes

Elmore (Bud) Waller, 63, retires as Vice Chairman of electronic payment solutions firm VeriFone Systems. He served as its EVP of Software Petroleum Taxi & Media Solutions, EVP of Integrated Solutions, and SVP and General Manager of the Worldwide Petro Division. He worked for 11 years at GE, serving in several financial management positions.

The company named Marc E. Rothman, 48, former CFO of Motorola Mobility, to EVP and CFO. Rothman joined Motorola through the acquisition of General Instrument in 2000, and eventually rose to become worldwide controller of the former Motorola. He oversaw all financial activities of Motorola Mobility and led the company's spin-off transaction from its former parent and eventual sale. He replaces retiring CFO Robert Dykes.

Jay Parsons, 47, has been named as SVP, digital media and taxi operations. He joined VeriFone in 2011 and has played an integral role in driving the successful development of VeriFone's interactive digital solutions platform for the petroleum and retail businesses. He previously served 13 years with Catalina Marketing in executive management roles, including EVP of its U.S. packaged goods business unit and as president of Catalina's global healthcare business.

New CEO Named at E*TRADE; Sees Other Board and Management Changes

E*TRADE has appointed Paul T. Idzik, 51, as CEO. Interim CEO Frank J. Petrilli, who has served since 2012, will continue as Chairman. Mr. Idzik was also named President of E*TRADE Bank, and will serve on the Company's and E*TRADE Bank's Boards of Directors. Idzik was most recently Group Chief Executive of DTZ Holdings in London. He also served 10 years at Barclays, most recently as Group COO and before that as COO of Barclays Capital. He started his career as a consultant, and spent more than a decade with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a partner in the Financial Services practice. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Philomusica, Oxford's professional symphony orchestra.

Rodger A. Lawson, 65, will step down as Lead Independent Director, a role he has served since 2012, but will remain on the Board. He served as the President at Fidelity Investments and President at Fidelity Management & Research Company.

Gregory Framke, 52, EVP and COO, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. He will act as an advisor to the Company for a transition period. He formerly held the position of Chief Information and Operations Officer from 2005 to 2011.

Demandware Makes Series of Senior Management Appointments

Digital commerce platform provider Demandware named long time EVP, Field Operations, Jeffrey G. Barnett, 49, as COO, a newly created position at the company. Previously, Barnett served as VP of Sales for EMEA of Siebel Systems, and Managing Director, International Operations of Edocs, a billing, payment, and account management software company.

Rohit Goyal has been hired as SVP of Engineering, responsible for application development and feature delivery. He co-founded neoSaej in 2007 and most recently served as VP of Engineering. Prior to neoSaej, he was Director of Software at Enterasys Networks and held software engineering positions at Axiowave Networks, Lucent Technologies and Nexabit Networks.

Tom Griffin was promoted to SVP of Corporate Development. He joined Demandware in 2006 as VP of Business Development. Since 1999, Mr. Griffin has worked in the retail and multi-channel industries serving as VP of Strategic Alliances at Sterling Commerce (now IBM) and VP of Business Development for Yantra, a multi-channel supply chain solution provider. Previously, he held various Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions with Siemens Business Services.

Bazaarvoice Goes Through Top Leadership Reshuffle

Social commerce solutions firm Bazaarvoice appointed Jim Offerdahl as the company's CFO. Offerdahl succeeds Stephen Collins, who was appointed as CEO and President in 2012. Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Offerdahl served as CFO of Convio, a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions. During his time at Convio, Offerdahl guided the company through three acquisitions and an initial public offering in April 2010. His leadership helped grow the company from approximately $9 million in revenue in 2004 to more than $80 million in revenue in 2011, leading to the acquisition of Convio by Blackbaud in 2012. In addition to Convio, he led successful initial public offerings as CFO of both Tivoli Systems and Pervasive Software. Offerdahl also served as COO of Pervasive Software, where he expanded the worldwide sales organization, and was CEO and President of Traq-Wireless.

Cedric Pech is now General Manager of EMEA. He joins Bazaarvoice from BMC Software, where he served as VP of Southern Europe and led the expansion of European sales channels for BMC Software's enterprise systems management software solutions. Prior to BMC Software, he held executive sales positions at BladeLogic, Parametric Technology and think3.

Pech succeeds Mark Riggs, who has spent nearly three years with Bazaarvoice and will return to the company's U.S. headquarters to assume the newly created role of EVP of Global Partnerships and Alliances. Riggs has 21 years of experience in consulting and technology and, prior to joining Bazaarvoice in 2010, was SVP and Worldwide Head of Customer Solutions at Endeca Technologies, where he helped create a global presence for the company. Before joining Endeca Technologies in 2006, Riggs spent more than five years at Business Objects, where he was VP of Global Services, first, for North America, and, then, for EMEA. Riggs has also held leadership positions with Cambridge Technology Partners.

Limelight Networks Names iCEO as CEO

Limelight Networks named iCEO Robert Lento, 51, as CEO. Prior to joining Limelight, Lento spent 14 years at Convergys, serving a decade as the senior sales executive. During the last four years, as president of the company's information management division, he led a turnaround creating a highly profitable and growing business, which NEC acquired in 2012. Earlier, Lento served as president of LAN systems for Donnelly Enterprise Solutions, where he grew both top line revenue and profitability. Previously he served in executive roles at Entex Information Services, Decision Resources, and Future Information Systems. Former CEO Jeff Lunsford is stepping down as board member and chairman.

Geeknet Names New CEO and CFO

Geeknet, the online network for the global geek community, appointed CFO Kathryn McCarthy, 44, as CEO and President. Ken Langone , Geeknet's current CEO, President and Chairman, will remain as Chairman. McCarthy has served as Geeknet's EVP and CFO, since 2011. Prior to joining Geeknet, she spent 18 years at GE where she was named an officer of the Company in 2003. As VP and CFO of GE Healthcare in London, she partnered with the CEO to deliver global growth, reduce costs and support mergers and acquisitions and integration activities. As VP of the GE Audit Staff, she led global audits. She also served as CFO of GE Transportation Systems and held leadership positions within GE Plastics in Europe and the US.

Ali Sorbi , VP of Financial Planning and Analysis has been named as CFO. Mr. Sorbi joined Geeknet in 2011 and has served as the Company's VP of Financial Planning and Analysis since 2012. Prior to joining Geeknet, he served as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Rosetta Stone, a provider of technology-based language-learning solutions. Previously, he was a Senior Financial Analyst at Beers and Cutler (now Baker Tilly Virchow Krause), an accounting and advisory firm.

Former Edgar-Online Exec Joins TheStreet as CFO

Digital financial media company TheStreet has named John C. Ferrara, 60, as CFO. He recently held the position of COO at Invmetrics Holdings (formerly Rogerscasey). Prior to Invmetrics, he was CFO at Edgar-Online. Ferrara's career includes serving as an Officer and Director for multiple portfolio companies of Mario Gabelli as well as President and CFO of Lou Dobbs '

Local Corporation Appoints New Board Member

Local Corporation has hired Frederick G. Thiel, 52, to its board of directors. Thiel was managing partner of the software IT group at Triton Pacific Capital Partners, a PE firm. During this time, Thiel served on the board of directors for four of its portfolio companies: Custom Credit Systems, an enterprise software company; DB Technology, an enterprise content management software company; Assetpoint, an enterprise software company; and Vayan Marketing Group, an internet media marketing company providing customer acquisition services to major consumer brands. Thiel has served as an operating partner with Graham Partners, a mid-market PE firm, since 2008. Previously, Thiel was founder and managing partner of TechStarter Ventures, a venture capital and technology incubator, and CEO of GameSpy Industries.

Fullscreen Names Viacom Exec as East Coast Sales VP

YouTube network Fullscreen has hired Justin Danko as VP of Sales and Brand Strategy, East Coast. Danko was previously VP of Branded Entertainment at Viacom Media Networks, working on MTVN Music Group and MTV Entertainment Group; he also worked at Comedy Central and USA Network.

Amazon Exec Joins GumGum to Head up Western Sales

GumGum, the developer of in-image advertising technology, is bolstering its sales efforts, and has hired an Amazon veteran Matt Weisbecker to head up western sales. He has been appointed VP, Western Sales for GumGum, a new position for the company. Weisbecker was previously Director National Sales & Strategy for Amazon Media Group, working on the entertainment vertical for such properties as Amazon Mobile, IMDb, IMDb Mobile and Kindle/Kindle Fire. He also has served at NBCUniversal and AOL.

PlayHaven Hires Google Employee as COO

PlayHaven, a mobile ad platform designed specifically for games, has hired Charles Yim as its COO. Yim joined Google in 2010 through its acquisition of AdMob. At Google, he headed up mobile app partnerships, and at AdMob he worked on the business development team. At PlayHaven, Yim will be responsible for overseeing the company’s international expansion, advertiser relations, developer relations and business development.

Square COO Resigns

In a major exec departure, Square COO Keith Rabois will be leaving the San Francisco payments company, over a pending lawsuit. Rabois, an esteemed industry veteran has previously worked at PayPal and LinkedIn. His post will be temporarily filled by CFO Sarah Friar.

Target Hires Gilt Groupe Exec to Lead Online and Mobile Efforts

Online shopping destination Gilt Groupe executive Jason Goldberger is leaving the company to head up Target’s online and mobile efforts. Goldberger will become senior vice president of and Mobile, and will run all aspects of the retailer’s e-commerce business, including user experience, merchandising and analytics. Goldberger was most recently executive vice president at Gilt, in charge of Home, Taste, Baby & Kids, and Business Development.

P4RC Makes COO and Board Appointments

P4RC, which is building a platform that rewards people with prizes for playing mobile games, has hired Kevin Dent as COO. Previously, Dent founded Tiswaz Entertainment, a games consulting firm. The company also announced that Jeffrey Lapin, former CEO of Atari, and Michael Pachter, a gaming analyst for Wedbush Securities, have joined the board.

Former Hulu CTO and Kleiner Perkins Partner Heads to Flipboard

Eric Feng, a mainstay in digital media properties such as Hulu, Airtime and Erly, will join the executive team of Flipboard, the social magazine app made popular on smartphones and tablets. Feng will join the startup as CTO, and will head up engineering and strategy for the company. Feng will also bring along Eugene Wei, a colleague of Feng’s who rose to prominence at Hulu and was VP of Product at Erly.

Date range: January 17 - February 10

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