Openings and New Hires at Thumbtack, Polar, and Yodle
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Bing Executive Departs
Long-time Bing executive Duane Forrester is leaving after eight years at the company. A familiar and highly visible face in the industry, Forrester ran Bing’s webmaster outreach for several years for Microsoft. He plans to start his own company but details on the type of venture are limited. Forrester is another in a series of high-profile departures from Microsoft; this week, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s vice president of operating systems, announced he was taking a year off to sail around the world with his family.
Leadership Hires At Thumbtack
Thumbtack has hired Servas Tholen as CFO and Katie Biber as general counsel. Before joining Thumbtack, Tholen was CFO at Elance/oDesk (now Upwork) and Biber was senior counsel at Airbnb. Thumbtack recently joined the unicorn club, raising $250 million at a $1.25 billion valuation as the on-demand economy continues to find favor with venture capitalists.
Polar Hires Seasoned Entrepreneur to Lead International Expansion
Polar has hired former Google leader Tom Jenen as president of international. He launched and sold Admeld to Google in 2011 and stayed on at Google for several years leading marketplace development for Northern Europe. Capitalizing on this experience, Jenen will lead global expansion for the Toronto-based digital advertising platform. Polar’s international expansion, presumably with an eye toward Europe, comes at a time when European ad-tech players are looking to expand to the North American market.
Executive Hire at Yodle
Yodle, the comprehensive marketing platform for small businesses, has hired Steven Power as president of its Brand Networks business. Power will be responsible for growing Yodle’s products with multi-location networks. Prior to Yodle, Power was president of Bigcommerce and chief sales officer at ReachLocal. There’s a lot at stake in this hotly contested space, with a growing array of competitors vying to provide comprehensive solutions to both SMBs and multi-location national brands.
BazaarVoice Expands Talent Acquisition
Rockfish corporate development director Patrick Kent has joined BazaarVoice as senior product manager. Kent led several digital initiatives at Rockfish including for the Republican National Committee.
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