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Google Appoints CEO for Newly Launched Health and Well-Being Company Calico

Google launched Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, 61, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor. Art Levinson will remain Chairman of Genentech and a director of Hoffmann-La Roche, as well as Chairman of Apple.

Facebook Goes Through More Management Shuffles

David Lawenda, the former ad sales chief of Univision, has joined Facebook as its new VP, Global Sales, U.S. Lawenda will head up all U.S. Ad sales. Lawenda left Univision last year. Prior to that, he was SVP, Ad sales at MTV.

Greg Badros, Facebook’s VP of engineering and products, is leaving the company. Before Facebook, Badros was a Senior Director of Engineering at Google.

Facebook named Ashlie Beringer as its new deputy general counsel. Beringer, a longtime attorney and partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, will oversee the litigation, regulatory and product groups in Facebook’s law department. Before joining Facebook, Beringer worked for Gibson Dunn for eight and a half years, representing clients in both the tech and media space. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Beringer was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Yahoo! Appoints Senior Leader for Americas Region; Android Open Source Tech Lead also Joins Company

Yahoo! has appointed Ned Brody as SVP and Head of the Americas. Brody will be responsible for Yahoo's advertising business in North and South America. Brody has more than 25 years of experience leading and advising businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was the CEO of AOL Networks, which included AOL's global video, mobile and programmatic advertising businesses. He also served as global Chief Revenue Officer of AOL, responsible for the company's advertising businesses. Brody is a proven entrepreneur and has founded and led businesses across e-commerce and search.

Jean-Baptiste Queru, formerly of Google’s Android team, joins Yahoo. His new role at Yahoo is architect and senior principal engineer on the company’s mobile team. Queru was formerly the Android Open Source Project tech lead, responsible for managing AOSP’s source code, among other duties.

LinkedIn Names Ex-Googlerfor its Marketing Solutions Division

LinkedIn has named Penry Price as VP of Global Sales for its Marketing Solutions division. Price joined m6d as President in 2011. He spent the prior seven years at Google, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Google’s North American Sales and Account management teams, and then was responsible for Google’s business strategy and global partnerships with advertising agencies. Prior to joining Google, he was the Advertising Director at Us Weekly, and held various advertising sales management positions at Wenner Media and Hachette Filipacchi.

TripAdvisor Names Divisional Head

TripAdvisor appoints Marc Charron as president of TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division of TripAdvisor that provides the tourism industry access to millions of TripAdvisor’s monthly site visitors. Charron led the regional growth of the company in the Asia Pacific, especially China. Charron joined TripAdvisor in 2006 as managing director for Europe. As the company's first international employee, he led the rollout and growth of local language sites and operations across Europe and set up the regional headquarters in London. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Charron served as VP of product marketing at SquareTrade and served as managing director of, Getz International Travel, and Danube Travel, all based in London.

Groupon Adds Senior Execs to Team  

Groupon appointed four new executives to its team. Robbie Schwietzer as SVP of Operations, Lisa Kennedy as VP, General Manager, of Groupon Reserve, David Kerr, VP, General Manager, of Home Services, and Hoke Horne, VP of Global Commercial Finance.

SVP of Operations, Schwietzer will be involved in implementing, overseeing and growing Groupon's various enterprise operations. Previously, he spent 10 years at Amazon and most recently held the position of VP of Amazon Prime. During his tenure at Amazon, he also served as Director of International Retail, Director of Videogames and Software, Germany, and Senior Finance Manager. Prior to Amazon, Schwietzer worked at McKinsey as an Associate Consultant.

Lisa Kennedy will head the Groupon Reserve team, a high-end channel for premium deals and experiences, and lead Groupon's merchandising efforts. A proven entrepreneur with vast ecommerce experience, she is the founder of Hopscotch, a daily deal site in India that features member access to discounts on top baby and children's brands. Prior to launching Hopscotch, Kennedy served as the EVP of E-Commerce for Quidsi, which operates, and She's also held senior roles at Scholastic, Time and the Guinness Book of World Records.

David Kerr will drive outreach to home and auto-related merchants and create a marketplace experience for Groupon customers to find, schedule and purchase deals from local service providers. He previously was the General Manager of eCommerce for Angie's List. Kerr also held the position of President and CEO for NoInk Communications for six years. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Board for Jada Beauty, an ecommerce and content platform dedicated to helping hair stylists and salons sell a curated selection of products to their clients.

Hoke Horne will lead Groupon's Global Commercial Finance team and help steer finance operations for Groupon's global businesses. He joins the company from Juniper Networks, where he previously served as VP of Software Finance and also VP of Pricing. Before that, Horne worked at Microsoft for seven years including roles as CFO of Windows Client, General Manager of Pricing and Product Licensing, and Chief of Staff to Microsoft's CFO, in addition to other positions.

Pandora Names Investment Expert and Former Microsoft Exec as CEO

Pandora appointed Brian McAndrews, formerly of Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft and aQuantive, to succeed Joe Kennedy as CEO, President and Chairman. Following senior positions at General Mills and ABC, McAndrews, took over Avenue A, a small digital agency in Seattle in 1999, and as President and CEO built it into aQuantive, the fastest-growing digital marketing company in the world at the time. aQuantive was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2007. After serving as a SVP at Microsoft and running Microsoft’s Advertiser & Publisher Solutions group, McAndrews joined Madrona as an investing partner in 2009, focusing on early-stage technology companies. McAndrews currently serves on the boards of The New York Times Co., Grubhub Seamless and AppNexus.

AOL Appoints Hearst’s General Counsel to Board; Makes Series of Management Changes

AOL appointed Eve Burton, SVP and general counsel of Hearst, to its Board of Directors. Burton brings to AOL extensive leadership experience in the media industry spanning print and digital publishing, cable networks and broadcasting, online media, and government affairs. Burton has been with Hearst since 2002 and also serves as an adjunct professor of constitutional law and journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining Hearst, Burton was VP and chief legal officer of CNN and VP at the New York Daily News. Additionally, she practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges. Burton currently serves on the board of directors of the Hearst Corporation and Gryphon Technologies, and is a trustee of Middlebury College.

Maureen Sullivan has been given purview over its highly trafficked main homepage, part of an effort to reinvigorate core products, such as Sullivan has been overseeing AOL’s Women’s and Lifestyle Group, including the development of the Makers brand that documents women’s stories, and she will continue to oversee it.

Longtime AOL exec Francis Lobo is departing the company. He was President of AOL Services, which includes, AOL Search, AOL Mail, AIM, MapQuest.

Country Manager for AOL Canada, Graham Moysey, will become head of international, located in London. Moysey will oversee all international business for AOL with a dual reporting structure — including AOL Brands and AOL Networks. In the interim Moysey will also continue as country manager for AOL Canada, a position the company is currently looking to fill. Moysey joined AOL Canada in 2010. Prior to that, he held senior positions at both Canwest (now Postmedia), as SVP and general manager of digital media and with Bell Canada’s Sympatico-MSN, where he served as VP of sales and business development.

Twitter Appoints Former Yahoo! Exec as Head of Music

Twitter has hired Bob Moczydlowsky, former SVP of product and marketing at Topspin Media, as its new head of music. Most recently, Moczydlowsky was Instructor, Digital Media Strategy, Masters of Entertainment Industry Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Before that he was SVP, Product & Marketing at Topspin Media, Sr. Product Manager, Music Information at Yahoo!,  and Managing Partner at Closed System Media & Design.

Key Hulu Execs Leave

Hulu’s SVP, Advertising, Jean-Paul ‘JP’ Colaco, is leaving the company, to pursue a new start-up opportunity. Shazam hired Hulu’s SVP-sales Kevin McGurn as its Chief Revenue Officer.

Before joining Hulu, Colaco spent over 12 years at the Walt Disney Company, where he last served as SVP, Business Development. Previously, Colaco was President and General Manager of Radio Disney worldwide, a music intensive radio network for kids and families. Colaco’s experience also includes McKinsey where he served as a consultant focused on strategic planning for entertainment and high technology companies.

Before Hulu, Kevin McGurn was VP, Sales Leader at NBC Universal, Director of Revenue Management at Revenue Science, Senior Account Director, Team Lead at DoubleClick, and VP, Agency Management at Unicast.

Flurry Names Former Facebook VP as COO

Flurry, a mobile app analytics and advertising platform, named Grady Burnett as its COO. Burnett spent more than four years at Facebook as VP of global sales and operations, working to grow the social giant’s international sales team. Prior to that, Burnett worked at Google, where he worked on the DoubleClick platform and in various sales and management positions.

Date Range: August 30th - October 3rd

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