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.)
Sean Landreth – Trending.Info
After years spent selling and managing Yellow Pages in the Caribbean and Middle East, Sean Landreth has joined Trending.Info as director of sales & marketing. This mature startup based out of Ontario is an aggregator of social media feeds within local communities throughout the world. Curating real time social media messages, Trending gives businesses a platform to market direct to consumers in the immediate regardless of the users social media experience. Landreth has brought together integral investors, community managers and long-term partnerships during his official month of office.
Rohan Chandran and Hossam Bahlool – Telenav
The Silicon Valley based Telenav announced the hire of Rohan Chandran and Hossam Bahlool to lead to Scout’s growing consumer and automotive products. Scout GPS app is available on the phone, in the car and on the web and seamlessly connected by the cloud. Chandran will work with product, design and marketing teams to build Scout into a multi-screen service. Prior to Telenav, Chandran was SVP at Technorati and responsible for leading product management, marketing, business development, and custom solutions, and before that he was at YP. Most recently, Bahlool co-founded Jingu Apps, a mobile-only social discovery platform that grew to over 15 million downloads. Before Jingu, he was director of product management at BlackBerry.
Grady Burnett – Kenshoo
Kenshoo announced the appointment of Grady Burnett, a former Facebook and Google exec, to its Board of Directors. Burnett will provide strategic guidance to Kenshoo by drawing on his more than 15 years of industry experience. Burnett is widely regarded as a pioneer in online advertising, having spent four and a half years at Facebook as VP, Global Marketing Solutions. Previously, Burnett spent four years at Google where he launched and oversaw Google’s Ann Arbor, Michigan, office as Director of Online Sales and Operations for the Google North American AdWords team. Prior to Google, he spent five years at DoubleClick as VP of Agency Sales. Currently, Burnett is the Chief Operating Officer at Flurry, the leading mobile analytics and advertising company.
Allison Checchi – YP
YP has promoted Allison Checchi to chief marketing officer. Checchi was previously the company’s SVP of business development, will now be responsible for increasing awareness of the new YP brand. She will be replacing Ken Ray who left a couple of months back. Since making the switch from YellowPages.com, YP has redesigned its website properties and app to reflect the rebranding. It has also launched new website-building and online presence-management tools for small businesses and acquired predictive analytics company Sense Networks to enhance its mobile display offering.
Rand Fishkin – Moz
The cofounder of Moz (formerly known as SEOmoz) Rand Fishkin has decided to step down from his role as the CEO. He announced the news on his personal blog about a month ago and he actually left a little over two weeks ago. He said it was because he felt he was “out of his depth, and poorly suited, especially from an emotional resiliency perspective, to meeting his obligations” in that role. It sounds like a mouthful but basically he will still be involved with the Moz organization. Rand’s new title is “individual contributor” but will continue to do what he has been doing, “product design, marketing initiatives, and evangelism” for the company. The president and COO of the company, Sarah Bird, is taking over as CEO. She has been with the company for six years and has been acting in many ways as the company’s CEO, according to sources.
Deborah Anderson – Internet Marketing Ninjas
New York marketing company Internet Marketing Ninjas, announced the recent hiring of Deborah Anderson, as senior project manager. Will 20 years of experience under her belt, she will be performing a number of roles to help the company continue to grow. Anderson has had an interesting career in a variety of roles and she is best known as the host of Marketing Momentum, a weekly web series on Social Web Café TV and I Heart Radio. Furthermore, she helps professionals use Google Hangouts with her company HangoutQueen.com.
Plus where to look for jobs now…
* Street Fight is looking for a managing editor: Apply here. We’re also looking for a sales director. Apply here.
* The Colorado Springs Independent is looking for a sales manager. Apply here
* Ballantine Communications Inc. is seeking a Sales Manager for their phone directories covering Southwestern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements through this link.
* Linkedin is looking for a senior manager of business operations. Apply here
* AT&T is looking for a sales manager. Apply here
* Comporium is hiring and actively recruiting for a channel business manager. Apply here
* Daily Press is looking to hire a new business development manager for digital services. Apply here
* Ballantine Communications is in the market for a director of marketing, it’s a great place to work with a renewed commitment to company culture and a brand new digital agency. Plus you get to work with Kricket Lewis, e-mail her for details. Apply here.
* VendAsta seeks account executives. Apply here.
* Can you do product development work? Contact Oracle about their senior QA analyst role. Apply here
* AOL is looking for a product manager. Apply here
* Yahoo! is looking for a senior business development manager.. Apply here
* Google seeks a channel partner manager – media partnerships. Apply here
* Twitter is on the prowl for a marketing operations manager. Apply here.
Plus new talent looking now…
Hyperlocal community editor, publisher, marketer is a strategic problem solver. Over 25 years dailies, weeklies, start-ups, magazines, digital, websites, editing and writing books. New Orleans/Baton Rouge area.
Talented SEO-er Joe Youngblood is on the market in Arlington, TX.
A digital veteran with 20 years of management level sales and marketing experience in digital media, mobile media and consumer technology sectors. She has a strong track record of accomplishment in successfully growing start up and young firms. She’s also been responsible for driving significant revenue growth in divisions of larger, publicly traded companies. Located in the San Francisco Bay area.
Long-time media industry adopter and digitally-savvy mobile marketer and entrepreneur interested in a new opportunity. Chicago based.
Global head of digital product for a major telco in the UK seeks a new role. Over 15 years of experience.
VP of product in California is interested in a new role, over 20 years of varying expertise. Highly recommended.
Social media maven and marketing newbie starting out in Saint Louis MO seeks an entry level role.
President of online consulting firm, works with IYP’s & newspapers and eventually moving over to loyalty-based and digital solutions. Willing to relocate from New England.
Director of development in the Boston metro area, with 6 years of business development, customer acquisition, partnership building & product development. Available now..
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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.