News Corporation has announced that MySpace President Mike Jones has been promoted to CEO. His replacement will be MySpace Chief People Officer Dustin Finer. Before joining MySpace, Mike Jones founded a company called Userplane and sold it to AOL. Below is the full press release:
MYSPACE NAMES MIKE JONES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PROMOTES DUSTIN FINER TO CHIEF OF OPERATIONS
Beverly Hills, CA ? Nov. 30, 2010 ? Today, Myspace announced that Mike Jones has been promoted from president to chief executive officer, and Dustin Finer has been promoted from Chief People Officer to chief of operations.
As CEO, Jones is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for Myspace and will drive the development of the company?s core technology, infrastructure and design. Jones is an internationally recognized technologist and industry visionary with more than 14 years of experience in business management, product development, and marketing.
Prior to joining Myspace, Jones founded and sold several companies, including application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL. He sits on numerous boards within the consumer internet sector, is an active angel investor, and a recognized industry thought leader. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in international business and marketing from the University of Oregon.
In addition, Myspace also announced that Dustin Finer has been promoted to chief of operations. Since joining Myspace from News Corporation?s Digital Media Group nearly a year ago, Finer has played a key role in aligning the business and organization with the strategy, recruiting top talent, increasing employee communication and recognition, and reigniting the corporate culture as the company?s chief people officer.
In his new role as chief of operations, Finer will now lead business development, customer care and international operations in addition to his previous oversight of human resources, administration and office services, and IT. Finer brings to Myspace significant senior management experience, having previously led various corporate groups at Ascent Media and Gemstar-TV Guide. Finer holds a Bachelor?s Degree in political science and international relations from the University of California and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific in Sacramento.
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Myspace, Inc. is a leading social entertainment destination powered by the passions of fans. Aimed at a Gen Y audience, Myspace drives social interaction by providing a highly personalized experience around entertainment and connecting people to the music, celebrities, TV, movies, and games that they love. These entertainment experiences are available through multiple platforms, including online, mobile devices, and offline events. Myspace is also the home of Myspace Music, which offers an ever-growing catalog of freely streamable audio and video content to users and provides major, independent, and unsigned artists alike with the tools to reach new audiences. The company is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA and is a division of News Corporation. (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV)