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.)
Robert Millard — Angie’s List
After almost two solid years, Angie’s List CFO Robert Millard has decided to remain an employee until late June at which time he will strategically resign. Millard’s resignation comes in the wake of all-time company success for Angie’s List, and word on the street says Angie Hicks has begun a search for a successor. In the meantime, controller Charles Hundt will serve as interim CFO until one is found. Interested? Apply here!
Mike Sawka/Schuyler Hudak — Topix
Not just the largest local forum site in the U.S., Topix is also on a hiring and promotion rampage as of late. Former senior director of engineering Mike Sawka was promoted to VP of engineering just this month. Longtime consultant Schuyler Hudak was recruited in with a more permanent title as director of business development. With past experience around politics, startups and community partnerships, bringing on Hudak was a winning decision. Topix has grown its traffic by over 40% in the past couple months and intends to hire many more this year.
Greg Archibald & Todd Rose — JiWire
Location-powered mobile ad and data platform JiWire just announced two major additions to their management team. Greg Archibald, a past Yahoo!-er and Datalogix SVP is now JiWire’s senior vice president of sales. Todd Rose was cherry-picked from AT&T and brought on as SVP of business and corporate development. JiWire hopes that their unsurpassed mobile, digital and advertising industry expertise will prove true when the revenue reports come in at Q4. Ji-Ji-Ji-Ji-Ji-Ji Ji -UNIT! (50 Cent (the rapper) spoof)
Cindi Aldrich — Association of Directory Publishers
As a longtime mover and shaker in the industry Cindi Aldrich knows pretty much everyone there is to know due to her time as director of membership and conference sales at The Local Search Association for a quarter century. She was recently brought on as president and CEO of The Association of Directory Publishers to drive membership and revitalize the established organization. Without a doubt she is going to work wonders!
Zohar Yardeni — The Daily Voice
Tri-state area local news site The Daily Voice laid off 11 employees last week, including reporters, sales associates and an editor in its Massachusetts-based Web properties. Just two years ago when Zohar Yardeni was appointed CEO, the company was sitting on top of the world with $7 million in funding coming in around the same time investors had big dreams. Rumor has it that The Daily Voice is simply trimming down the company to make it more profitable. Despite the whispers around the water cooler, many were shocked by Yardeni’s resignation last Friday. Employees in Massachusetts were flabbergasted by this news because positive e-mails had been strewn about the prior weekend.
Doug Llewellyn — TechMediaNetwork
Manta lost their VP of corporate and business development this month when Doug Llewellyn decided it was time to move on and pursue the role of COO at TechMediaNetwork instead. Doug most notably pioneered the quality of business data on partner opportunities as Manta for almost two years, before that Doug was in a LTBR (long term business relationship) almost 10 years at CBS Interactive. He is sure to lead the advertising technology firm to success.
Rob Garner — iCrossing
Industry great Rob Garner has decided to leave iCrossing where he was VP of strategy for almost seven years. He was also VP and on the board of directors for SEMPO for over three years. He recently decided to branch off and work on some independent initiatives. He not only started a consulting firm in his own name but authored a well-read book entitled “Search & Social: the Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing.”
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Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influence, a national online marketing firm focused on SMBs and white label online marketing for publishers and media partners who serve them. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.