Every two weeks, Geoff Michener covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus, scroll down for jobs on offer now.)
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Post-Merger Layoffs at DexYP
DexYP, the recently-combined local directory juggernaut, has laid off over 100 employees from the top levels of YP management post-merger. According to a note that DexYP CEO Joe Walsh sent to employees on June 30th, the layoffs were a result of “obvious redundancies at the top management level.”
It’s certainly not unexpected that these roles would be shed in the wake of a mega-merger, and SurePath Capital’s Mark MacLeod foreshadowed the moves in his column two weeks ago on Street Fight, writing that: “On team, the best possible news coming out of this combination is that the Dex management team remains in charge. Combining management team members from companies that previously competed head to head with each other would have been a recipe for failure.”
Facebook and Google Execs Join Pinterest
Pinterest recently hired two executives from Google and Facebook. Jon Alferness, the former VP of product management of Google’s shopping and travel products, has been named head of ad products at Pinterest. Alferness spent more than 12 years rising the ranks at Google. Meredith Guerriero joins Pinterest from Facebook as head of partnerships of the East region and will run the company’s New York office. Guerriero spent about two years at Facebook as a director and 10 years at Google before joining Pinterest. In June 2017, Pinterest took in another $150m in venture capital. The total of venture funding raised moves past $1.4b. As Pinterest continues to grow, the company needs to significantly drive more revenue from content and uses visiting the platform. Pinterest brought in around $300m in revenue in 2016.
Strategic Appointment at Cumulus
Larry Linietsky was appointed as VP of digital operations and business development at Cumulus Media. The strategic hire comes during the era of critical digital transformation for radio stations. Linietsky worked in executive roles at iHeartMedia, ClearChannel, and Napster. Cumulus Media is the second largest owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations (447 stations in 90 markets) in the United States behind iHeartMedia.
Cuebiq Opens SF Office With Three New Hires
Cuebiq is expanding its operations to the West Coast by opening up an office in San Francisco. As part of this expansion, Cuebiq has appointed Sean Neems, a former executive of cross-device technology company Tapad, as regional VP. Neems will focus on growing Cuebiq’s client base with marketing and advertising technology companies, and media agencies. To support Neems, Cuebiq has also appointed Shawn Kiner as senior sales director. Kiner held roles at Verve and Google prior to Cuebiq. In addition, Cuebiq has appointed Sean Murphy as senior director of supply to further build on Cuebiq’s expanding user base. He will be responsible for driving publisher partnerships that expand Cuebiq’s SDK footprint, which currently analyzes location patterns of 61 million monthly active U.S. smartphone users. Cuebiq is in high growth mode to hit revenue goals after raising a $6m round of venture capital in May.
Publisher Hire at The Wichita Eagle
The Wichita Eagle — a McClatchy company — has hired Kelly Mirt as publisher and VP of advertising from sister company The Charlotte Observer. Mirt spent over five years running advertising at The Charlotte Observer before his promotion and has over 35 years experience in the advertising ecosystem. Coincidentally, Mirt started his career at The Wichita Eagle over 30 years ago.
Vendasta Hires Senior Partnership Manager
Jamie Moffat has joined Vendasta as senior manager of partnerships. Moffat brings radio, print, and digital experience to the position. A few of the companies he’s worked for include: Furturi Media, StreamOn, Yellow Pages Group, and several radio stations. Vendasta has raised around $10m in venture funding in 2008.
MomentFeed Tech Hire
Santa Monica based start-up MomentFeed has hired Patrick Desbrow as SVP of engineering. Desbrow was most recently the CIO & VP of engineering at CrownPeak Technology where he spent over four years transforming the product management and software development team into high performing entities. Prior to CrownPeak Technology, he was the senior director of software development at JD Power. MomentFeed’s marketing & customer experience management platform enables multi-location brands to influence consumers on mobile. The company has raised over $27m in venture funding including a recent $16m Series C in 2017.
Looking for a job? Here are some new openings!
Anaheim-based Brandify has a number of different positions open, including an inbound marketing specialist, a business development exec for enterprise sales, a product manager, and a senior web developer.
Facebook is looking for a director of marketing for ads interfaces and customer experience to work out of the company’s Menlo Park office.
Yelp is looking for a business development manager for Eat24 and Yelp Reservations, as well as a business development growth manager for advertising channel partnerships, both working out of the company’s S.F. office.
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