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.)
Sharon Rowlands – ReachLocal
ReachLocal announced the appointment of new CEO Sharon Rowlands last week. Her CEO roles at Thomson Financial and Penton Media, in addition to her seat on the board of Constant Contact make her a great fit for this online marketing company. Rowlands has more than 20 years of experience leading multi-billion dollar companies serving small and medium-sized businesses, financial markets and enterprise customers. She also has significant public company board experience, having served on the ADP board from 2008 to 2011 and as a member of the Constant Contact board since 2010.
David Eckert – hibu
Hibu has had a year chock full of management restructuring, starting with the firing of two “disloyal” execs at the top last year, president Jim McCusker and chief publishing officer Mark Cairns. In the fall, CEO Mike Pocock was ousted from the organization and David Eckert, who had been initially brought in as chief restructuring officer, was named CEO, signaling a fresh start for the resilient company. Sources say Eckert has hit the ground running, holding department meetings with clear and direct mandates that are being received positively.
Craig Erwich – Hulu
Craig Erwich has joined the Los Angeles office for Hulu, the streaming video site as chief content officer. He assumes duties from Andy Forssell, who had been senior vice president and head of content as well as acting chief executive; Mr. Forssell left Hulu last fall. Erwich had most recently been executive vice president at Warner Horizon Television, part of Time Warner where he oversaw development, production and business operations since joining in 2007. Prior to joining WHTV, he was at Fox Broadcasting for 12 years. At WHTV and Fox, Erwich helped create such shows as “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Voice,” “Prison Break,” “House” and “24.”
Joe Bel Bruno – Company Town
Joe Bel Bruno is a seasoned business journalist with deep experience in highly competitive news environments. He was recently appointed as the new editor of Company Town. Joe has been a deputy business editor at The Los Angeles Times for nearly three years, directing coverage of financial markets and crafting news stories. Before joining The Times, Joe ran market coverage for the Dow Jones news wire and the Wall Street Journal. He was an award-winning reporter at the Associated Press in New York, where he anchored coverage of the financial crisis. He also spent three years in London as senior correspondent for Knight Ridder Financial/Bridge News.
Mandy Cole and Cathy Hardin – Main Street Hub
Main Street Hub has brought on former LivingSocial and HomeAdvisor executives to expedite growth in 2014. The Austin-based marketing platform for local businesses, has announced two additions to the executive team; Mandy Cole has joined the team as SVP of sales and Cathy Hardin as VP of customer success. Both executives have extensive experience helping local businesses succeed, and will play key roles in Main Street Hub’s rapid growth. The company plans to hire 300 employees across its four offices this year.
Brian Russell – Media Distribution Solutions
With over 17 years of experience in the space, Brian Russell was recently promoted from EVP of a proprietary video platform BetterVideo, (an “in-house” product of Media Distribution Solutions) to the company’s COO. Brian has been charged with providing strategic and tactical leadership for the MDS team whilst overseeing daily operations, product development, video operations, sales, partner management and strategic partnerships. Happy for you Bri!
Jim Brady – Digital First Media
Digital First’s editor-in-chief Jim Brady announced this week on Facebook that he’ll be among those leaving in the way of cutbacks to his “Project Thunderdome,” writing: “I’ll soon be leaving Digital First Media and looking for the next challenge. A main part of the reason can be found here:http://www.niemanlab.org/
Plus where to look for jobs now…
And new talent looking now…
Seasoned talent in broadcasting, over 15 years of experience interested in growing a video ad platform play.
One awesome guy in Salt Lake City Utah; one has more than 20 years experience in business development, sales and building connections.
Advertising and sales exec in Charlotte, NC – this guy is ready to make moves like Jagger.
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.
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.
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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.