Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus: Scroll down for jobs on offer now.)
Leigh Zarelli Lewis, Jim Lipuma — Patch
Patch recently brought on two awesome new talents: the first being Leigh Zarelli Lewis as senior vice president, strategy and business development. Leigh joins Patch from her role as vice president of product development at The Walt Disney Company. Before Walt Disney, Leigh was at Gifts.com, IAC and Chase. Another new hire, Jim Lipuma, joins Patch as vice president of national sales from Restaurant.com where his past role was chief sales officer. Jim also worked for Monster.com and RH Donnelley in the past. Meanwhile, did I mention there is an open sales position at the end of this article for Restaurant.com?
Blair Vincent — LexisNexis
Blair Vincent recently moved over from her role as national sales manager at Supermedia to client manager-large law at LexisNexis. I met Blair coming back from BIA Kelsey’s ILM West conference last year in the airport security line! The Supermedia windbreaker she was wearing put her right in my prospecting crosshairs and I pounced, catching her off guard. Blair could have treated me like week-old leftovers but instead she was completely open to learning the value prop and giving me her card. Congrats, Blair!
Prateek Alsi — Square
Prateek Alsi switched it up recently: He was senior director of digital business development at Time Warner Cable but decided to cut the cord and moved on over to become the director of distribution partnerships at Square, the merchant account tied to your smartphone. Ka-ching!
Akshay Patil — Foursquare
Akshay Patil received a promotion over at Foursquare from platform evangelist to platform lead. For anyone that is just checking in, Akshay is literally a one-man show. Anytime you e-mail Foursquare on anything partnership or platform-related, nine times out of 10 Akshay will respond within minutes. Eric Friedman was also recently promoted from director of business development to director of sales and revenue operations. Someone should give them the “moving on up” badge!
Scott Forstall, John Browett — Apple
Apple’s big personnel changes made a lot of headlines for recently dismissing head of software development Scott Forstall, who was often cited as an advisor to the late Steve Jobs. Head of retail operations John Browett was tossed as well.
Allison Tepley — Yext
Yext brought on Allison Tepley as senior vice president of enterprise marketing, Allison joins Yext from content tool AddThis where she was senior vice president of marketing. Tepley completed her undergrad at Georgetown then followed that up by attending Harvard Business School where she received her MBA…like a boss.
Joey Glowacki — Manta Media
Joey Glowacki was promoted from national sales manager at Manta Media to director of national sales with a focus on leading his east coast sales team. Joey also brings years of sales experience in working for Microsoft and BizJournals (a division of American City Business Journals) in the past. I like the Manta claimed-listing opportunity for the SMB to feature individual products; I think this is an advantage they have over others in the space.
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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.