Openings & New Hires at Square, Patch, LocalVox, Facebook and More
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.)
Tristan O’Tierney – Square
Square co-founder Tristan O’Tierney decided to step away from the company last week, making a clean departure. He stated on Twitter that he “left on good terms” and his reasons for leaving were because he “just wants to do something different” and maybe he’ll do a “bit of traveling.” It’s certainly a well-deserved break after the company rose to a $3.25B valuation last year.
Rob Platzer – Patch
AOL’s Patch undoubtedly had some gossip going on around the water cooler this week, CTO Rob Platzer threw the deuces up with a wink and a smile after he became fully vested this week. He had been with the company for two years after Outside.in was purchased by AOL, and Platzer helped to engineer the platform with improvements. Patch was very warm & fuzzy in the wake of his resignation saying they have “nothing but love” for him. The company also announced that they will promote Andreas Turanski from his current job as the company’s senior technical director to be the new CTO.
Miriam Elder & Lisa Tozzi – Buzzfeed
Buzzfeed, the fresh news & viral content source has brought on Miriam Elder, who was previously the Moscow correspondent for the Guardian, to be the site’s first foreign and national security editor. Lisa Tozzi was also brought on from the New York Times to be its first news director recently.
Mike Wallace – LocalVox
Online Marketing provider Localvox snagged a new national sales manager this week as Mike Wallace was brought on from Group Commerce where he was their VP of publisher sales. There were layoffs at Group Commerce last month after the company merged with Nimble Commerce.
Living Social – Closing the Seattle Office
Last November, the troubled daily deals company Living Social said “hasta la vista” to 10% of it’s staff. The firing squad came from Amazon scape-goating a $274 million loss in profit on the deals platform. Last week the company made an announcement that they are saying goodbye to the ENTIRE Seattle office, but they added some language around having the Seattle team work from home. Sources say many Seattle employees are running towards the door. It appears that the writing is on the wall.
Plus new talent looking now…
Current president of online consulting firm, he’s been online since 1999 working with IYP’s & newspapers and eventually moving over to loyalty-based and digital solutions. Willing to relocate from New England.
Past experiences in directing SEO, account management and marketing for agencies and marketing companies since 1996. He is an OG in the industry and I personally vouch for his successes.
Current VP of business development with over 12 years of digital marketing strategy, management, and business development experience in the hospitality and retail verticals. Ready to move in one month, located in the metro DC area.
Current director of development in the Boston metro area, with 6 years of business development, customer acquisition, partnership building & product development. Available now.
Current VP with 29 years experience in sales management, corporate actions, HR and business development. Located in the Charlotte metro area & ready to move now.
Current PHP developer with 15 years experience, located in the southeast, ready to move now.
If you are interested in any of these candidates e-mail me at [email protected] for more information.
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.