Technorati Names Higgins CEO, Taps Kamel as CTO

Inplace #2

bossADOTAS – They’ve been playing executive musical chairs over at blogging service and social media ad network Technorati Media, and it looks like senior vice president and general manager Shani Higgins has landed in the CEO’s seat.

Higgins — who previously held senior management roles at Infoseek/GO/Disney, Ziff Davis, Benedek Investment Group and Tacit Software — joined Technorati in 2007, heading up strategy and day-to-day operations for advertising sales, business development and the advertising network.

And what a tenure she’s had — the company has doubled its revenue year over year and became profitable in 2010. In addition, Higgins headed up the development and April launch of Technorati’s private exchange, powered by AppNexus.

Higgins has “been running our day-to-day business for the past three years, and much of our success is due to her leadership,” said previous CEO Rich Jalichandra — who we’ve had the pleasure of talking to numerous times and who contributed a great story about the Federal Trade Commission hopping into the social media fray back in 2009.

Jalichandra is shifting to the role of executive chairman of Technorati and its board of directors, and promises to continue focusing on strategy and corporate development.

Technorati also has a new CTO in the form of Abderrezak Kamel, who was last seen in the same position at DSP LucidMedia. Kamel boasts nearly 20 years of experience with online advertising, information retrieval and natural language processing.

According to comScore, Technorati’s social media network is the third-largest social media property following Facebook and Twitter.