Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practicallyeveryone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus: Scroll down for jobs on offer now.)
Jennifer Monteverde — Repair.com
Jennifer Monteverde in one of those people you seek out in the crowd at conferences, not just because of her uber talented relationship building skills (15 years of experience specific to the hyperlocal industry!) but because she is a genuinely interesting person with new ideas. I had the opportunity to catch up with Jennifer this week on her recent move from director of business development at AOL over to join the Repair.com crew in the same title. Jen was pumped about working with the team, especially under the leadership of Sean Skelley and Chris Spanos, because Jen is focused on building the business from the ground up.
Navid Davani — Orange County Register
Navid Davani has one of those perfect game show host smiles that makes a great first impression, and then a second and third because you realize that Navid Davani never stops smiling (unless it’s not appropriate). I’ve known that smile since he worked at Local.com a couple of years back when he was director of sales. He is your go-to door opener and the person you want driving your team, he is thoughtful and anything but your typical salesman. Most recently, Navid was senior director of sales for iMedia Communications, Inc., and was just hired by Freedom Communications/The Orange County Register as regional sales manager.
Rebecca Lawler — Yellowbook
Rebecca Lawler just made the move not only from product manager at Yellowbook to senior product manager at Amazon, but she also cross-country relocated from King of Prussia, Penn., to Seattle. Rebecca is not only dedicated but you want her in the product role. Her product development process puts “How Stuff Works” to shame, dissecting every product component then putting the pieces back together faster than an MIT senior prank. Rebecca asks questions that are vital to smooth integrations, support and scalability. She brings extensive experience in the local space and in her off time she founded Rent Negotiator – a bargaining site for potential property renters.
Robert Kilgarriff, Peter Merholz — Groupon
Groupon has had a loaded month of hiring, bringing on Robert Kilgarriff, (former sales chief for education tech firm GlobalScholar) now as Groupon’s new North American sales chief, as well as Peter Merholz as VP of global design from Inflection where he was VP of user experience. In the wake of Groupon’s 1-year IPO anniversary, it’s safe to say this onboarding is a sign that daily deals are alive and well, and I am hopeful they will be adding support and potentially diversifying their product landscape.
Greg Wells — DAC Group
DAC Group just brought on Greg Wells as director of business development to focus on their enterprise sales. Greg has extensive history with private digital marketing firms, most notably as director of business development for Scott Cooper Associates, LTD and due to his extroverted nature and knowledge on mobile and search products it’s sure to be a winning combination. Greg is hot on the trail of any enterprise companies that can benefit from DAC’s product solution.
Andy Korman — DexOne
Andy Korman was just hired as DexOne’s digital business development executive, he has years of experience with telcos such as Comcast, where he was business account manager.
Other changes around the hyperlocal scene….
Apple brought on 5 new engineers in the past week. iOS anyone?
Yelp hired on 6 new account execs this week. As a primary source of data for Apple Maps it seems they need to support the amount of businesses that are catching on the Apple bandwagon.
Where to look for jobs now….
* Yext is hiring for enterprise account manager. Apply here
* Manta is looking for a national sales manager. Apply here
* Linkedin seeks a marketing automation specialist. Apply here
* Seamless needs a senior manager. Apply here
* Yahoo’s London office has an opening for a head of content business development. Apply here
* Ebay is hiring for operations analyst. Apply here
Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influence, a national online marketing firm focused on small- and medium-sized businesses and white label online marketing for publishers and media partners who serve them. Search Influence is the largest online marketing company on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans’ only Inc. 500 honoree in 2011.