Openings & New Hires at PlaceIQ, Apple, Twitter, Hibu, 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.)

Whether you rang in the New Year with that job interview lined up for January 2 (or simply with that bottle of Perrier-Jouët!), if you are reading this, you are on the right track, my friend. Companies everywhere have been fleshing out new budgets and actively seeking new talent. In 2012, we saw job movement from traditional media to digital, mobile, and location-based companies. With Q1 tends to come refreshed hiring budgets that fit within strict financial schedules. It’s prime time for job seekers everywhere. Here’s what’s happening now:

Jovana Riddle — Hibu
A couple of months back, Jovana Riddle decided it was time to say goodbye to Yahoo where she was senior manager business development to hop aboard the Yellowbook express as director, business development for Hibu (formerly the Yell Group). Riddle is highly analytical and detail oriented. It seems that Yellowbook is bringing on some talent with breadth: She also boasts a background in finance with her Series 7 and 63.

Tony Nethercutt — PlaceIQ
Mobile avertising solution PlaceIQ recently appointed Tony Nethercutt chief revenue officer. Nethercutt’s past roles include VP of sales at YouTube and Admob and, more recently, general manager of North America for mobile advertising firm Mojiva. Nethercutt’s goals are to build, from the ground up, PlaceIQ’s sales, account management, and ad operations teams, as well as manage all publisher and ad network partnerships. It’s no small task, but nice that he has PlaceIQ’s successful winds at his back!

Ben Wood — Google
Google recently found Ben Wood to be everything it was searching for when it promoted him from head of channel sales for the Americas to the director of channel sales for the Americas. The promotion is well deserved as Wood always goes above and beyond the call of duty. Three years ago I had a Google Places issue and went to Wood. He took time out of his busy channel-partner wheeling and dealing schedule to lead me to a fix. Bravo, sir.

Mark Harper — The Chronicle Herald
As VP of marketing for Genie Knows/Yellowee, the forward-thinking Mark Harper decided it was time for a change so he moved over to The Chronicle Herald to serve as a business development executive. Harper is a multifaceted big-picture person who can seemingly create a product and marketing strategy overnight. His new role will focus on new products, revenues, and markets. The Chronicle Herald is a newspaper group based in Canada’s Nova Scotia and it is on a hiring spree. Check it out.

Where to look for jobs now…

Facebook is hiring a project manager. Apply Here

Google is hiring a head of online marketing for Google Maps for Business. Apply Here

Gannett is on the hunt for a new VP of business development. Apply Here

Apple is searching for an enterprise inside sales representative. Apply Here

Twitter is looking for a new business development manager. Apply Here

LinkedIn wants an enterprise relationship manager. Apply Here

Groupon needs a product marketing manager. Apply Here

Trulia is seeking a director of business development. Apply Here

See more job listings in previous Movers & Shakers columns.

Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influencea national online marketing firm focused on SMB’s and white label online marketing for publishers and media partners who serve them. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.

Kelly is Global VP of Strategic Partnerships at Uberall