ADOTAS – Uh oh … more trouble for NebuAd ahead. Its CEO, Robert Dykes, has jumped ship after spending months defending the company against activists and legislators who charged NebuAd with invading consumers’ privacy online. Following an inquiry in Congress, the ISPs that worked with (or were considering working with) NebuAd have stopped their dealings with the company. Dykes’ departure may hammer the last nail in NebuAd’s coffin unless they completely change their business model – without an activist leader or clients, where can they go?
VeriFone Holdings has appointed Dykes to serve as senior vice president and CFO (he’ll assume the latter post following the filing of the company’s third fiscal quarter report). Dykes replaces Clinton Knowles, who served as interim CFO, after its former CFO, Barry Zwarenstein, was let go.
Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers has plucked up previous CBS Mobile chief Cyriac Roeding. He will be an entrepreneur-in-residence and may help Kleiner Perkins move its mobile-investment project along (it has partnered with Apple to launch the $100 million iFund specifically for mobile investments).
Bebo, a social media network, has snagged Nicole Vanderbilt from Google to mastermind its international expansion plans (focusing first on France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands). At Google, Vanderbilt was the head of industry marketing in Europe and India.
Harlan Stone has been named president of Major League Gaming’s sales arm, MLG Properties. Previously, Stone was a principal at Velocity Sports & Entertainment.