Openings & New Hires at Patch, MapQuest,, and More

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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.)

Deedee Paeseler — JiWire
Add Deedee Paeseler to the list of the departed at JiWire, where she was director of strategic marketing (see last week’s column for news on its new CEO, plus key departures). DeeDee, who has a degree in journalism, is now at Google, where she has assumed the position of digital marketing manager.

Andy Friedman, Leigh Zarelli, Jim Lipuma — Patch
Patch is a hiring machine lately! In October, the hyperlocal network brought on Leigh Zarelli Lewis as head of strategy and business development, and Jim Lipuma as head of U.S. sales. The most recent addition is Andy Friedman as head of content operations. Andy brings a history of over 20 years in traditional and new media, with experience developing content for online and mobile to great success. He most recently served as vice president of programming and interactive at Merlin Media. Prior to that, he was VP of interactive content at the Tribune Company.

Pierre Davidoff —
Pierre Davidoff recently joined as VP of technology, rounding out the new management team assembled over the past few months. Pierre joins then from Totsy, where he was VP of technology and infrastructure. Pierre was instrumental in building Totsy into a members-only online shopping community with over three million members. Prior to Totsy, he was CTO at Dark Night Systems, which is focused on video and wireless network security for government applications.

JT Batson — Cumulus Media
Digital genius JT Batson, an important player in the development of media-buying data processor Mediaocean, has joined analog media Goliath Cumulus Media as chief revenue officer. JT, whose most recent role was chief strategy officer at Mediaocean, had been the head of digital operations at one of its successors, Donovan Data Systems. Mediaocean was formed earlier this year when Donovan merged with VC-funded startup MediaBank.

Peter Conti — Local Media Association
The Local Media Association has named Peter Conti sales and marketing director. Peter decided to make the switch from executive vice president at Borrell Associates where he had worked since 2001. His primary role there was as a consultant to media outlets and pure-play Internet companies, developing and implementing business and marketing strategies for their local online and mobile initiatives. He joined Borrell from Media General.

Tara Cook — UBL
My old stomping grounds, Universal Business Listing, just brought on Tara Cook as strategic sales account manager. Tara was previously a sales executive at Yodle, Webvisible, and R.H. Donnelly. Her experience and take-charge attitude come from five years in the United States Army. They make her uniquely qualified for her new account management role. (Tara is just the latest in UBL’s hiring spree.)

Rob Giuffre — Bunndle
Rob Giuffre just put Bunndle on the grid and said farewell to CityGrid, where he was director of business development for nearly three years and played a major part in many of their content and publisher relationships. Besides having a winning personality and an adorable son (in his Linkedin profile picture), he has the drive and determination to make a powerful impact on Bunndle’s sales and partnerships as its new senior director of business development.

Brian McMahon — MapQuest
As an AOL veteran since 1999, Brian McMahon was named general manager of Denver-based MapQuest last month (he’ll continue to work from AOL HQ in Virginia). He was previously co-founder of Fishbowl Labs, the AOL-founded community of startups to become Mapquest’s new general manager. Besides being a Guinness connoisseur, Brian has worked at AOL and toggled back and forth from the traditional AOL side to Mapquest for the past thirteen years. Brian knows everything there is to know about local search and is the human wiki on AOL’s history and future.

Where to look for jobs now…

Google seeks a sales strategy manager. Apply Here

is searching for a business development manager. Apply Here

is looking to hire a director of inside salesApply Here

needs a director of enterprise sales. Apply Here

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seeks a director of salesforce operationsApply Here

 is looking for a manager of corporate strategy and developmentApply Here

See job listings in previous Movers & Shakers columns.

Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influence, the premier provider of platform based solutions for resellers like newspapers, publishers and digital agencies. We give you the ability to offer your customers the new media advertising services they’re looking for like SEO, Social Media Marketing and PPC without development costs. Increase your customer base and help your customers grow their businesses with our targeted, scalable solutions. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.

Kelly is Global VP of Strategic Partnerships at Uberall