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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Infogroup CDO Starts Foundation; Joins Startup Advisory Board
After almost 10 years at Infogroup, Matt Graves has left the company to focus on his foundation and advising high growth startups. Graves most recently was Chief Data Officer of Infogroup before stepping down. Graves started and is CEO of The Lane Thomas Foundation – a foundation in memory of his son Lane Thomas Graves. Graves also joined the Board of Advisors of dataPlor (emerging market business data startup). Prior to Infogroup, Graves worked in leadership roles at Paypal and eBay.
Former Acquisio Exec Joins Startup
Former Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales and Local Sales at Acquisio, Geoff Shenk has joined Functionize as Head of Business Development. Shenk has been involved with Functionize for a couple years as an advisor and investor. Before joining Functionize, Shenk held multiple leadership roles at Salesforce, Google, and Kenshoo. The timing of Shenk leaving Acquisio is intriguing since Web.com announced the acquisition of Acquisio this week. Will be interesting to see the details of the acquisition as well as if downsizing of employees occurs (similar to YP / Dex merger).
Emissary Appoints Board Member
Emissary has brought on Court Cunningham to its Board of Directors. Cunningham joins to help Emissary grow and further its mission. With 16 years of experience at SaaS companies, Cunningham recently served as the CEO of Yodle and had a long stint at DoubleClick serving as COO of Community Connect and SVP & General Manager of Marketing Automation. Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors at Insight Squared and MINDBODY.
CRO Hire at Vistar Media
Vistar Media has hired Matt Schuster as its Chief Revenue Officer. Schuster hails from GroundTruth (formerly xAd). At GroundTruth, Schuster held several positions including Head of Performance Strategy and Head of Sales. Prior to GroundTruth, he worked at Undertone for almost eight years.
Unacast Hiring Spree
Unacast announced the addition of three new positions to help strengthen the company’s data partnerships team and focus on brands direct and Fortune 500 brands. The new hires include Ariyo Noibi and John Patrick Smith to the Data Partnerships team and Brigid Fitzgerald to the position of Senior Director of Sales. Noibi comes from PlaceIQ, Smith from Cuebiq, and Fitzgerald from Oracle’s BlueKai – all prominent companies in the location and data space.
X-Mode Hires MapQuest Strategic Account Exec
Amanda Jaramillo has joined X-Mode as Director of Demand Side Partnerships. Before joining X-Mode, Jaramillo was Senior Strategic Account Executive at MapQuest (Verizon). At MapQuest, she focused on consumer insights data licensing.
Serial Entrepreneur Starts Emerging Market Data Company
Geoffrey Michener (it me!) has started his third investor backed company called dataPlor. dataPlor is an emerging market data intelligence company that uses big data, machine learning, and local crowdsourcing to provide its clients with multi-verified international business data. The company has raised venture capital from strategic investors such as Matt Graves (former Chief Data Officer of Infogroup) and works with publicly traded companies to startups looking to expand into growing economies. Michener has worked at firms such as LivingSocial and Acquisio, and sits on the board of LVLUP Dojo and MML. (disclosure: Geoffrey Michener writes this column).
Looking for a job? Here are some new openings!
Foursquare is looking for a Senior Android Engineer and a Director of Business Development for Social Media/Mobile Apps.
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.
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