Hires and Fires Round-Up: MySpace, Fortune, Organic

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hiring.jpgADOTAS – MySpace has just rounded out its executive ranks with five new additions. This is an odd move (timing-wise at the very least), since MySpace is reportedly planning to let go of 5% of its staff in coming days primarily in the engineering, sales and customer service departments.

Manu Thapar joins as SVP of engineering at MySpace (he hails from Yahoo where he was VP of engineering); Angela Courtin joins as SVP marketing, entertainment and content (she was VP, integrated marketing for MTV Networks); Tish Whitcraft joins as SVP of customer care (previously, she was VP of global customer experience and operations at ooma); Jason Oberfest joins as VP of business development (he hails Los Angeles Times Interactive where he was managing director of business development and product management) and finally, Abe Thomas, who joins as VP of online marketing (Abe has held leadership posts at eBay and PayPal).

Time Inc. is giving almost the entire staff at Fortune Small Business its walking papers. Fourteen of its 17 editorial staffers have been axed, including top editor Dan Goodgame, who has been with Time for 10 years. In the future, FSB will essentially be an ad vehicle in Time’s Content Solutions division.

Conor Brady has been promoted to VP of creative at Organic, Omnicom’s digital marketing arm. Previously, Brady was executive creative director.

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