Openings and New Hires at Gannett, Vendasta, Instacart, Microsoft & HTC

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Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in local — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus, scroll down for jobs on offer now.)

Nikhil Shanbhag – Instacart
Grocery delivery startup Instacart has been growing their management team, as the company seeks to expand into new markets and grow its customer base. To support that mission, it has brought on a new general counsel, Nikhil Shanbhag, who joined the company in recent months from Google. He served head of the Global Competition group at the search giant. The company also hired a new VP of communications, Andrea Saul, who coincidentally also has a background in D.C. and politics; she most recently ran comms for Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit organization LeanIn.Org.

Rob Wilk – Microsoft
Rob Wilk, most recently the VP of Sales for Foursquare, has decided to check out and join Microsoft as their North America VP for search sales and service. Rob is a seasoned sales and account management professional with over 18 years of media experience. 15 years were spent specifically in digital media on both the agency and publisher sides. It’s his unique experience that is bound to be the wave that will further expand Microsoft’s reach.

Saurabh Rishi – HTC
Saurabh Rishi was recently promoted to director, PMO at HTC — a smartphone and tablet creation company. His ability to develop, modify and drive enterprise processes to ensure successful implementation of new products and services has definitely helped to facilitate the promotion from a project management role to this new role. In the past, he worked as the Principal program manager on global marketing team to support successful launches of high visibility projects.

Jed Williams – Vendasta
Vendasta Technologies recently brought on the one and only Jed Williams to be VP of business development and strategy. Jedley is a veteran of the media space and recently held positions as the director of business development at Main Street Hub and as a senior analyst and VP of strategic consulting at BIA/Kelsey. Jed will lead efforts at Vendasta to design strategies and programs for the large media companies Vendasta works with to mutually grow revenues and keep customers happy. The heavily caffeinated Jed is a great addition to the Vendasta corporate culture and is exactly what they need to take them to the next level.

Steve Passwaiter – Kantar Media Intelligence
Steve Passwaiter was recently brought on by Kantar Media Intelligence as their Sr. director, business development – CMAG/Political. You may know him from his days at BIA Kelsey as their VP of Business development. In his new role he will be managing buy, spending, and content analysis for political, advocacy, and influencer-focused advertising. Kantar also monitors political and issue advertisements in print, on television, on the radio.

Also on the move: Jason Dove celebrates 4 years at SocialCentivDave Bascom became the CEO at PageLaunch… David Little was promoted to VP of corporate media sales at ComporiumDennis Sheely became the director of sales and marketing at Digital FirstMichael Taylor became the director of business development at Thrive Analytics

Plus where to look for jobs now…

Street Fight seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial managing editor. More info here.

Search Influence is looking to hire a director of sales. Apply here.

Where2getit is hiring for almost a dozen roles, check it out and apply here.

Gannett is on the hunt for a VP of sales. Apply here.

BrainWorks is looking for a VP of marketing communications. Apply here.

CivicScience is on the prowl for multiple roles. Inquire here

Soleo is hiring a digital media program manager. Apply here.

NBC Universal seeks a social media account coordinator. Apply here

Prosper is on the prowl for a VP of intelligence. Apply here.

Amazon is hiring a marketing specialist. Apply here.

Marriott seeks a VP of digital acquisition. Apply here.

Evolve Media is on the prowl for an SVP of marketing. Apply here

Location3 is hiring all kinds of roles, check it out and apply here.

LookBooker is seeking experienced sales executives and a chief consumer officer. Apply here.

Plus new talent looking now….

L.A. based talent with a history in sales growth seeking a strategic advisory role, currently VP of Business Development at a national firm.

Business Development leader in Seattle – with more than 15 years of growing major national accounts and leading one of the top marketing platforms in the U.S.

Ohio-based revenue driver, interested in a new challenge. He has over 15 years of experience in local, sales, consulting and strategy.

New Orleans based sales and digital transformational talent, has trained hundreds of sales reps and transformed two major media companies into highly profitable digital sales organizations.

Los Angeles big whig marketing talent, formerly a VP at a national marketing organization.

CEO for hire based in Dallas, TX – with 20+ years of history in startups, revenue growth, funding and management.

Business Development talent in the Los Angeles area, showing excellence in the online marketing space with over 10 years of experience.

Veteran in the digital media and paid advertising space. He’s located in Seattle and looking to move yesterday. He has the know-how and experience to bring the next company very far.

Kelly Benish is VP of publisher development at CivicScience. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.

Kelly is Global VP of Strategic Partnerships at Uberall