Hires, Fires: Nurun, MySpace, MediaCom, Wordia, NYT

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hiring.jpgADOTAS – Global interactive marketing agency has brought Bill Lawrence on board as vice president and managing director. He has been given the task of leading the company’s Atlanta office and will be responsible for business development efforts and client support in the Southeast. Lawrence joins Nurun with more than two decades in the technology and eBusiness industries. Most recently he was vice president, group director at Digitas in Atlanta.

The chief executive of MySpace China has reportedly quit, just one year after launching the site in China. Luo Chan’s departure is seen as a significant defeat for News Corp. and MySpace’s future in China. No word on a replacement.

Patrick Bonomo has joined MediaCom’s Beyond Interaction to lead its search marketing group as managing director. He hails from 24/7 Real Media, where he was in charge of North American search marketing.

Bebo founder Michael Birch has joined soon-to-launch video dictionary Wordia as an advisor. He is also an investor in the company.

The New York Times Co. is shuttering its metro distribution center and cutting 550 jobs. (The center handled paper delivery for the Times and about 200 other papers and magazines). The move to get out of the wholesale distribution business was motivated by dwindling print readership and high gas prices, the company said.

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