Openings & New Hires at Kenshoo, GateHouse, Local Corp and Search Influence

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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.)

Fred Thiel – Local Corp.
Local Corp, the Irvine-based  online advertising technology company recently chose Fred Thiel as their new board of directors chairman. Thiel replaces Heath Clarke, former CEO and chairman, who abruptly left Local last week due to personal reasons. Clarke founded Local Corp. in 1999 to connect businesses to consumers with their suite of advertising products. I’m sad to see Heath leave, but excited to see where he decides to go. Meanwhile, Thiel has some big shoes to fill.

Erica Salm Rench – Search Influence
Erica Salm Rench has been hired as an operations associate for Search Influence. As part of the operations department, Erica works to analyze and implement processes that support the Influencers in producing high quality work. Originally from the Greater Chicago Area, Erica came to New Orleans in 2004 to start her undergraduate years at Tulane University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s degree and her MBA. Before joining Search Influence, Erica worked as Associate Director in Tulane’s Office of Undergraduate Admission. She is also a great yoga and sushi buddy — glad to have you on board!

Brad Dennison – GateHouse Media
GateHouse Media, a multi-media company providing news and information to local communities recently announced that Brad Dennison has been named SVP of Publishing.  Most recently, Dennison managed the large daily division of newspapers for GateHouse Media. Kirk Davis, their president and COO said Dennison will be responsible for corporate services that include news & content, advertising sales, marketing.  He will also take on all publishing divisions, which include the large daily papers, New England, Community East and Community West.

Gary Nafus – Kenshoo
Automated PPC platform Kenshoo announced the appointment of Gary Nafus as the managing director of the Americas just last week. Nafus comes with more than 15 years of high level software sales experience and has been serving as VP of sales and interim managing director for the Asia Pacific region at Kenshoo since March of 2013. Prior to Kenshoo, Nafus was VP of sales at Oracle Corporation in North America. Before that, he worked for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards as a regional sales director. In his new role, Nafus will oversee and manage Kenshoo’s expansion, strategy and client delivery to ensure continued success across key markets. It sounds like Gary was a Ken-shoo-in!

Joan Graff – PAGE Cooperative
Newspaper co-op PAGE Cooperative has announced the appointment of Joan Graff to the position of director of membership development & marketing.  Joan brings with her quarter century of experience in the newspaper industry, her charge is to help PAGE members to maximize and leverage the benefits provided through the Cooperative.  Direct quote from PAGE CEO John Snyder “It’s imperative in today’s economic climate to keep our members informed of their best opportunities within PAGE.  Joan Graff’s talents and enthusiasm will go a long way in making that happen.”  Anyone working with Snyder is surely in for a treat.

Plus where to look for jobs now….

Street Fight is looking for a sales director, a managing editor and a marketing manager. Apply here

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

Apple wants to find an operations manager (in Shanghai). Apply here

Twitter is on the prowl for a marketing operations manager. Apply here.

Plus new talent looking now….

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..

If you are interested in any of these candidates or you would like to be featured as such, please 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.

Kelly is Global VP of Strategic Partnerships at Uberall