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Facebook Names CTO

Facebook named VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, 38, as the company’s CTO. The position was previously unoccupied due to the departure of former CTO Bret Taylor last summer. Prior to joining the social network, Schroepfer was the VP of Engineering at Mozilla where he led the global, collaborative, open, and proprietary product development process behind the company’s popular softwares, including the Firefox web browser. He also was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, specifically leading the data center automation division as its CTO.

Yahoo’s High-Profile Execs Leave; HR Leader Adds on Chief Development Officer Title

James Carroll, SVP of the consumer and global platform group at Yahoo, has left the company. He has been in charge of the company’s global R&D centers in China, India and the Middle East and been responsible for Yahoo’s content, social and membership platforms and the international delivery of all Yahoo! products and services worldwide. He is leaving to head international at Go Daddy.

One of Yahoo’s top women execs, Elissa Murphy, who is VP of engineering for cloud services, is departing the Internet giant to become CTO and head of platform efforts at Go Daddy. Murphy has overseen a great deal of code contributions to Hadoop, a technology essential to large-scale computing, first developed at Yahoo.

Editor in chief of Yahoo News, Hillary Frey, has taken the role of editorial director of news at, which is undergoing a major refurbishment. She had been at Yahoo since late 2011. Before Yahoo, she was managing editor at Adweek, media and style editor at Politico; before that, she served as both culture editor and media editor of the New York Observer, a books editor at Salon and The Nation, and managing editor of Lingua Franca, the lauded 1990s magazine that covered academic life.

Jackie Reses, Yahoo’s EVP of people and development, now has the title of Chief Development Officer.

Groupon Hires New SVP of Engineering & Operation from VMware

Groupon named Sri Viswanath as its SVP of Engineering and Operations. Viswanath joins Groupon from VMWare, where he served as VP of research and development for mobile computing. Prior to VMWare, he was SVP of Engineering at Glam Media and GM of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, and was instrumental in that company's acquisition by Glam. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems where he led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products.

Zynga Appoints Kleiner Perkins’ Partner to Board and Analyst for Finance Role; CIO and NY Studio Chief Leave

Zynga appointed John Doerr, 61, General Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to the board of directors. Doerr joined KPCB in 1980, and has backed some of the world's most successful companies, including Google, and Intuit. His passion is helping entrepreneurs create the "next big thing." John currently serves on the boards of several Internet technology companies, including Coursera, Flipboard and Google. Doerr started his technology career in 1974 at Intel, and later founded Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and co-founded @Home, the nationwide broadband cable Internet service.

The company appointed Atul Bagga, an analyst formerly of Lazard Capital Markets, to be the new VP of finance. He covered video games and Internet companies during his time at Lazard, and has been working as an analyst covering games, media and the digital space for close to 20 years. He has also got a finance background, with stints spent at ThinkEquity and brokerage firm Smith New Court (now a part of Merrill Lynch).

Cloud storage provider Nirvanix has named Zynga’s CIO Debra Chrapaty as the company’s new CEO. Chrapaty joins Nirvanix after a long tenure at Zynga where she served as CIO. In this role, she oversaw the company’s infrastructure design, technical and support operations as it developed games for millions of people. Before Zynga, Chrapaty served as the SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group where she oversaw the design and development of Cisco’s collaboration services. She has also worked at Microsoft as a corporate VP and was president and COO of E*TRADE Technologies.

VP and GM of Zynga's New York operations, Dan Porter, has left the company. He is the former CEO of OMGPOP. Porter joined Zynga in 2012 when it bought OMGPOP, known for its popular Pictionary-like game, Draw Something, in its largest acquisition to date. He will be succeeded by Sean Kelly, an executive formerly in charge of Zynga's smash hit CityVille.

Electronic Payment Solutions Firm VeriFone Appoints Geographic Leaders and COO

VeriFone appointed Jennifer Miles, 41 as president, VeriFone Americas. She joined VeriFone in 2001 and led the significant growth of the company's North American business, including Retail, Global Security and Vertical Solutions, over the past 10 years. She will now lead VeriFone's business in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bulent Ozayaz, 39, was named president, VeriFone Southern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Northern Africa. Ozayaz joined VeriFone in 2006 and has served as GM of the company's North American Wireless Solutions and VeriFone Media businesses. He currently manages VeriFone's operations in Southern Europe, Russia and Turkey and will now oversee an expanded sales territory that includes the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Johan Tjarnberg, 37, is now president, VeriFone Europe and Southern Africa. He joined VeriFone in 2012 through the acquisition of Point International and has served as Point's CEO since 2010. In his seven years with Point, its payments-as-a-service offering saw significant growth and expansion into multiple European jurisdictions. Tjarnberg will lead VeriFone's business in Europe - a consolidation of the Northern, Western and Central Europe regions - and Southern Africa.

Eliezer Yanay, 52, was named chief operations officer. Yanay joined VeriFone in 2006 and has led the company's global R&D, supply chain and product management initiatives since 2011. In his previous role at VeriFone, Yanay was responsible for all operations and manufacturing in Israel, as well as business development, sales and marketing in Continental Europe, Southeastern Europe and Asia. As chief operations officer, he will now oversee the localization of the company's global product portfolio, including responsibility for ensuring local-level customizations and certifications of the company's global product lines. Yanay will also drive the centralization of local procurement to leverage the benefit of the company's global purchasing scale.

Shutterfly Appoints Liberty Interactive’s Former M&A Exec and eCommerce Group Creator to Board

The Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service company Shutterfly elected Michael P. Zeisser to the Board. Zeisser was most recently the SVP of Liberty Interactive (formerly known as Liberty Media). At Liberty Media, he led numerous M&A transactions in digital media, gaming, and commerce both domestically and abroad. He created Liberty's eCommerce Group of companies, which include numerous leading online companies that generated over $1.5 billion in sales during 2012. Prior to joining Liberty Media in 2003, he was a partner at McKinsey, where he co-founded and led McKinsey's Internet Practice, in addition to being a member of the firm's Media & Entertainment and Private Equity practices. He also serves on the board of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.

Bazaarvoice COO Departs; Joins in Similar Role at WP Engine

Social media analytics specialist Bazaarvoice’s COO, Heather Brunner, 43, has joined WP Engine, the company that hosts WordPress sites and apps. Earlier, she served as SVP of Worldwide Client Services at Bazaarvoice. Before joining Bazaarvoice, she served as President and CEO of Nuvo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trilogy, Chief Operations Officer for B-Side, VP of Client Services of Coremetrics, VP of client delivery and operations at Trilogy, Area VP of Concero, and Practice Director at Oracle.

Virtual Piggy Expands Board

Virtual Piggy, an innovator in safe youth payments, expanded its Board by adding three independent directors with broad software industry knowledge and experience. William Lyons has over 20 years experience at the CEO level of public and private software companies including AXS-ONE, Caminus Corporatio, ParcPlace Systems and Ashton-Tate.

William Tobia has over 25 years experience at the CFO level of software companies including his current role as the CFO of Maxwell Systems. Tobia has extensive M&A and company financing expertise.

Harold Copperman has over forty years experience in the computer hardware and software industry including 20 years experience at IBM, and senior management roles at Apple and Digital Equipment Corporation (now owned by HP). Copperman also brings over 25 years of board governance expertise including serving on the boards of AOL and EDGAR ONLINE.

Ex-Forbes and Exec Joins TheStreet to Lead Ad Sales

Financial news and services website, TheStreet, appointed Patrick Dignan as VP, Advertising Sales. Dignan has over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media and publishing industries in advertising sales, most recently at and He held positions like Sales Director for Digital Channel Development at Forbes Media, Executive Sales Director at, Chief Sales Officer at ContentNext Media, New England Sales Director at, Advertising Director at, and East Coast Sales Director at

eCommerce company DubLi Appoints Microsoft Long-Timer as Chair; Financial Expert Joins as Director

DubLi named Blas Garcia Moros, 49, as Chairman of the Board, replacing Niel Burtenshaw Thuesen who resigned to focus on personal and professional interests. Moros is a former Microsoft employee. Since leaving Microsoft, he has been a private investor in a variety of businesses, primarily in the technology sector. He spent 15 years at Microsoft, from 1985 until 2000, where he was one of the founders of Microsoft Latin America. He held numerous positions during his tenure, including positions in Latin America and Asia, as well as the Company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. His last position at Microsoft, from 1997 to 2000, was based in Singapore as the Regional Director South Asia and President, Microsoft Regional Sales Corporation (Asia), where he was responsible for the region which encompassed all countries within Southern Asia, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

DubLi appointed David W. Sasnett, 56, to the Company's Board. Sasnett has served as a director of Consolidated Water since 2004 and since 2006 has served as EVP and CFO. In 2005 and 2006, he was the CFO of VoIP, a communication services firm utilizing voice over internet protocol technology. During 2004, he was the VP of Finance and Controller for MasTec, a specialty contractor and infrastructure provider traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He was the CFO of Catalina Lighting, a manufacturer and distributor of residential lighting and other consumer products from 1996 to 2002. His experience also encompasses more than 12 years with Deloitte & Touche.

PFSweb Appoints New Chair and CEO

Provider of e-commerce services PFSweb has appointed lead director James F. Reilly, 53, as Chairman of the Board and Michael C. Willoughby, 48, as its new CEO. These follow the announcement of current Chairman and CEO, Mark Layton, leaving the Company to pursue other business opportunities. The Board determined to separate the roles of CEO and Chairman at this time in order to allow the CEO to focus more completely on increasing operating efficiency.

New Chairman Reilly has served as a non-employee Director of the Company since its inception in 1999 and as Lead Director since 2010. He has been an investment banker since 1983 and is currently the Managing Partner of Stonepine Advisors, an investment banking firm focused on high growth technology companies. Until 2010, he was a Senior Advisor to Needham & Company, a nationally recognized investment banking and asset management firm and also served in various capacities including Head of West Coast Investment Banking.

New CEO Willoughby has served as President of PFSweb, since 2010 and CIO since 2001. He has previously served as President of Priority Fulfillment Services, a subsidiary of the Company, and as VP of eCommerce. Prior to joining PFSweb, he served as President and CEO of Design Technologies, an eCommerce software development firm he founded, and President and CEO of Integration Services, an IT consulting services company.

FuncoLand Founder Joins DigitalTown Board

DigitalTown, the company that owns and operates social networking site of hyper-local, on-line communities built around their domain names and the schools and communities, named David R. Pomije to its board of directors. In 1988, David founded FuncoLand, predecessor to GameStop, an Interactive Entertainment Company with over 5,000 retail locations. From inception until its sale to Barnes and Noble in 2000, David held the position chairman and CEO of FuncoLand. He oversaw the building of a team of professionals, the transformation to a public company, and rapid growth to 400 locations and $250 million in revenue. Additionally, he oversaw the launching of The Game Informer magazine, the world's largest interactive entertainment magazine. Appoints Former Adobe Exec as VP of Product, a leading online brand for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC, named Susan Morrow as VP of Product. With more than 20 years of product leadership from the likes of digital content brands and companies such as Reading Rainbow, Blurb, LeapFrog and Adobe, Morrow will spearhead's product evolution from search to a multi-device, content-rich Q&A experience. Most recently, Morrow served as chief product officer for Reading Rainbow, tasked with translating the beloved television show into a vital, growing transmedia brand. Prior to this, she served as VP of content at LeapFrog, where she oversaw business strategy across ebooks, games and learning apps for multiple device platforms. Earlier in her career, Morrow held the post of VP of products for creative publishing platform Blurb, as well as VP of product for all web development tools at Macromedia, acquired by Adobe in 2005. Appoints CEO, part of, which is owned and operated by IAC -- appointed Neil Vogel as CEO. The founder of Recognition Media, Vogel was responsible for the transformation of the company's flagship property, the Webby Awards, into the "Academy Awards of the Internet," growing the Webby from an industry award into a global brand with entries from major Internet companies across more than 60 countries.

Online Ad Star and Former Yahoo Revenue Chief Joins HookLogic Board

Michael Barrett, former Yahoo revenue chief, has joined the board of HookLogic, a performance marketer to online shoppers. Previous to Yahoo, Barrett was CEO of supply-side ad platform Admeld, which was sold to Google. He was also a top exec at Fox Interactive Media, as well as AOL, GeoCities and Disney Online.

Startup Studio Science Hires Digital Veteran

Science appointed digital veteran Jason Rapp aboard as the company’s Managing Director. Rapp, whose last position was president at how-to video maker, Mahalo, will helpfind and develop new opportunities for the Science portfolio and will offer strategic counsel to the firm. Science is best known for funding and launching e-commerce companies like Dollar Shave Club. Rapp’s e-commerce experience includes a stint running for IAC conglomerate. Rapp also worked on M&A at IAC, and had a similar role at the New York Times.

eQuorum Appoints VP, Information Services

Ray Newman has been named VP, Information Services for eQuorum, the developer and marketer of ImageSite; a highly configurable enterprise content management system offered as a cloud or as an on-site solution. Newman has over 25 years of experience managing the development of software products targeted to engineering, CAD, and GIS communities. Prior to joining eQuorum, Newman was VP of Software at Byers Engineering Company where he was responsible for the software development group, and managed the full life cycle development, implementation, and support of all Automated Mapping, Facility Management and Geographic Information System (AM/FM/GIS) product lines at Byers Engineering.

TOTSY Appoints CEO to Focus on Accelerating Growth of the Leading Private Sale Site

TOTSY (, a leading private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on must-haves for parents, babies and kids, appointed Lisa Kennedy as CEO. Kennedy joins TOTSY from, a private sale site for families in India, which she co-founded in 2012. Previously, she served as EVP of E-commerce at Quidsi, proprietor of, and During Kennedy's tenure, the company grew from less than $30 million of annual revenue to over $300 million before its acquisition by Amazon. Before Quidsi, she held positions such as VP of Business Development and Operations at eScholastic and GM of Time's The Parenting Group. Kennedy began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs and a management consultant for the Monitor Group. poaches iRobot CFO appointed John Leahy as its new CFO and EVP. Leahy had been at the robotics firm iRobot since 2008. Prior to that he'd been CFO at Keane (acquired last year by NTT Data) since 1999, and before that he had been VP of finance at PepsiCo since 1982.

Viddy Co-Founder to Depart Company

Social mobile start-up Viddy’s co-founder and head of business development, Chris Ovitz, has taken a reduced, part-time role at the startup, with plans to eventually leave the company altogether. Ovitz played a key role in the formation of the mobile video startup, which lets users share short video clips with others, using their smartphones. Viddy rose to prominence over the summer of 2012, when mobile social video apps like Socialcam and Klip gained traction and a wide user base on the back of the Facebook platform.

Eventbrite Hires CFO in Expansion of Top Exec Ranks

In its first C-level hire from outside the company, Eventbrite has brought in experienced finance exec Mark Rubash as CFO. The self-service ticketing platform has hired the former Shutterfly CFO, who also held top finance jobs at eBay and Yahoo, to focus on scaling and expanding its business model and global growth. At eBay, Rubash had global purview over eBay finance, investor relations, accounting and more, while he ran Yahoo’s global finance for its paid search, display advertising and e-commerce units. He has also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and at companies such as HeartFlow, Rearden Commerce and Critical Path.

WePay Adds Legal and Finance Leaders

Susan Dunn has joined online payments platform provider for small businesses, WePay, as General Counsel. Previously, Dunn served as General Counsel of PayCycle,, and oDesk. Through those experiences, Dunn gained an in-depth understanding of developing issues surrounding payments law. Dunn began her career at Fenwick & West, working closely with high technology clients.

Susan Oda has joined as VP of Finance. Susan previously worked at Intuit in their small business division and corporate finance. Prior to Intuit, she worked at Hewlett-Packard in their finance function, where she supported the VeriFone divestiture from Hewlett-Packard as well as several other acquisitions into HP's Software Business Unit.

LivingSocial Co-Founder and CTO to Leave Company

Aaron Batalion, the co-founder and CTO of daily deals site LivingSocial, is leaving the company. Aaron has extensive experience in strategy and development, having led technology direction for multiple web properties that reached tens of millions of users. Prior to LivingSocial, he was Architect at Revolution Health, and led design and development for Blockbuster’s Online Subscription effort.

Twitter Engineering SVP Joins Board at Mobile Payments Company Braintree

Twitter SVP of engineering Chris Fry has joined the board of directors at mobile payments platform Braintree, the company announced on Friday. Braintree provides the backend infrastructure powering a large number of sites, including Fab, Uber, Airbnb and others, and is doing north of $8 billion in payments volume on its platform annually. Fry, who was chosen specifically for his infrastructure background, joins the likes of NEA, Accel Partners, Braintree CEO Bill Ready and Nigel Morris of Capital One on the company’s board.

Myspace Hires Two Senior Execs as it Prepares for Relaunch

Myspace, the struggling website that fueled the first major wave of the social Internet, has hired two new senior execs to prepare the company for its major relaunch this year. New VP of global marketing Christian Parkes comes most recently from Levi’s, and held a similar previous position at Nike.

Joseph Patel will be Myspace’s VP of content and creative, and was most recently a senior producer at Vice Magazine.

Dachis Group Snags Dell, Bazaarvoice Vet as New President

Social marketing firm Dachis Group has named Erin Mulligan Nelson as the firm's new President. She joins from social media analytics specialist Bazaarvoice, where as CMO, she was responsible for marketing efforts across the globe. Prior to this, she spent eleven years at Dell, where she held roles including SVP, CMO; VP of Marketing, EMEA; and Director of Marketing. Earlier, she worked in Corporate Strategy at PepsiCo – Frito Lay, was a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney, and served as Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble.

OpenX Sets Marketing Head

OpenX Technologies, a provider of digital and mobile advertising technology, appointed senior industry marketer Matthew Reid to the newly created role of VP of marketing. Prior to joining OpenX, Reid served as SVP, marketing, for Gehry Technologies, a SaaS provider of online file sharing and collaboration technology. Previously, Reid held VP roles in sales and marketing for Eucalyptus Systems where he managed end-to-end complex sales cycles and worked with the founders to define and execute the business model for the company’s Amazon AWS-compatible open source and commercial private cloud offerings. Earlier in his career, he led product marketing for Expertcity (acquired by Citrix), where he helped the SaaS division, renamed Citrix Online, obtain multi-industry leadership. He directed the market launch of the world's fastest growing web conferencing solution, GoToMeeting, and was responsible for the go-to-market strategies of GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, and GoToWebinar.

Airbnb Beefs Up Mobile Team with Hires from Apple and Voxer

The social networking community of hosts and travellers, Airbnb, has made significant additions to its mobile team. It snagged Justin Santamaria, who was at Apple for nearly 10 years and was one of the first engineers on the iPhone, leading development on products like iMessage. Santamaria’s title at Airbnb is mobile product lead.

Gustaf Alstromer joined Airbnb from Voxer, where he won a reputation as one of tech’s leading growth hackers for getting the walkie-talkie app hundreds of thousands of downloads per day. Airbnb’s mobile apps have been downloaded 2.5 million times, up from one million for the iPhone app last fall. Alstromer’s new title is head of growth.

Date Range: March 15th - April 11th

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