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Openings and New Hires at PayPal, Leaf, SIM Partners and Angie’s List

2 Comments 14 March 2014 by

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 Wiseman – Angie’s List
Robert Wiseman was just welcomed aboard the Angie’s List express. He was brought on as the CTO of the service-based business giant from an 8-year stint as CTO of Sabre’s travel network. Angie’s List’s most recent CTO prior to Wiseman, Manu Thapar, left the company a couple of months ago.

Gib Olander – SIM Partners
Gib Olander was just appointed as VP of Product at SIM Partners. With more than 15 years of digital marketing experience he is sure to give the local/social marketing automation platform the added oomph they may have been needing. SIM Partners has been collecting a menagerie of digital talent including Ced Simpson and Brett Fritz most recently. As an industry leader in product innovation, data distribution and technology, Olander was CEO & founder of Local Viewpoints, which was a localized & mobile customer feedback platform. Prior to Local Viewpoints, Olander led product and market development strategy for Localeze. Gib is what I would call the Godfather of local — I guess SIM Partners made him an offer he couldn’t refuse! Congrats!

Greg Maibach – BuzzBoard
The talented and awesome Greg Maibach made a move from the director of retail/shopping at Advance Digital to the regional VP of sales for Vsplash’s BuzzBoard tool. Greg spent most of his working years at Advance Digital at their Cleveland.com property, and was promoted several times over 13 years from major accounts to advertising manager for the parent company. With his experience, determination and loyalty, it seems that his new role with BuzzBoard will help to take them to the next level. Happy for you Greg!

Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal – PayPal
PayPal, the payment processing monolith has put a strong push on getting SMB buy-in to use their processing platform, and the space is only getting more and more crowded with competitors such as Square. Former AOL and Microsoft veteran Rakesh Agrawal, has been appointed the company’s new director of strategy to help connect with small businesses. It seems that PayPal went on a hiring overhaul bringing on new VP of growth and strategy Stan Chudnovsky, and new chief product officer Hill Ferguson in the last month. rocky will be a speaker at Street Fight Summit West, taking place in San Francisco on June 3rd.

Devin C. Johnson – Tribune Broadcasting
Last week, Tribune Broadcasting appointed Devin C. Johnson as their new SVP, head of digital media. Johnson has an extensive history in spearheading digital media management at NBC Universal, Clear Channel and Studio One. Johnson will be charged with managing social media, content,  product development, technology and digital sales strategy for Tribune Broadcasting. Fun Fact: about 10 years ago he worked for Tribune in their corporate Finance department.

Sarah McCrary – Leaf
Leaf, the tablet specifically designed for commerce, is really branching out lately. They recently announced some integral executive hires and office expansion. After raising some crazy funding (upwards of $20M) in 2013 they were in a keen position to bring on a new COO Sarah McCrary, VP of Finance Chad Kelly, plus a new VP of engineering, Dan Smith. Leaf also moved into an office of 15,000 square feet to support their “explosive” growth in which the company expanded its team to more than 50 employees.  They have plans to absolutely “kill it” in 2014 and expect to double by 2015.

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Plus where to look for jobs now….

LiveIntent is hiring top talent in each of their departments. Apply here

Google is hiring a digital marketing manager for Google+. Apply here

Can you do graphic design work? Contact MOZ about their available role. Apply here

Linkedin is in search of a brand marketing manager on their consumer side. Apply here

Facebook is looking for a brand marketing manager. Apply here

Mediative seeks a sales strategist. Apply here

hibu is hiring for many roles, check them out. Apply here

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Plus new talent looking now….

Seasoned talent in broadcasting, over 15 years of experience interested in growing a video ad platform play.

Two awesome guys in Salt Lake City Utah; one has more than 20 years experience in business development, sales and building connections. The second is your consummate operations guy.

Advertising and sales exec in Charlotte, NC – this guy is ready to make moves like Jagger.

Senior classifieds sales director in Boston, ready to throw in the towel and try something new.

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.

The perfect digital sales manager in Reno Nevada, history in the newspaper publishing arena. Ready to roll over to a new opportunity.

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.

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.

If you are interested in any of these candidates or you would like to be featured as such, please e-mail me at kellybenish@gmail.com for more information.

  • http://bit.ly/11F2eas Philip Cohen

    Hmmm, maybe “PreyPal” could have taken on the people they just let go from Baintree …

  • Kelly Benish

    Usually when companies go through an acquisition, the threat for the existing employees of the newly-acquired firm always run the risk of losing their jobs. With so many factors taken into account, many times, these firms could technically start off completely fresh and only keep key stakeholders in product and sales. With the $800M acquisition of Braintree I am sure many of those folks with equity are doing well.

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