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Industry Moves: Groupon Grabs a Googler, Telligent Promotes

Things happen quickly in the industry, including changes in employment. Here's a quick and dirty list of the biggest moves that hit our radar over the last couple of weeks:

Groupon Gets a Googler

Groupon grabbed a Google executive for its own chief operating officer position. Margo Georgiadis ran global sales and operations at Google, overseeing the company's advertising business. 

The news broke on the same day Google launched its own daily-deal service, Google Offers

"Margo is a strong leader with a passion for helping small business owners and consumers," said Groupon CEO Andrew Mason. "We're thrilled to have her on our team."

Groupon, which has grown tremendously since its 2008 launch, also recently hired a former Amazon.com executive as its chief financial officer, as well as added Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz to its board of directors. The company is expected to go public at some point this year. 

Telligent Promotes Kristen Reichert

Kristin Reichert, formerly Telligent’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Reichert will lead Telligent's accounting, tax, finance, human resources, and legal teams, as well as investor relations.

Reichert brings 15 years of finance and accounting experience in both private and public companies, and has presided over the multiple acquisitions of Skywire Software. 

Telligent also recently expanded its Board of Directors with the addition of Jeff Rich. As a managing partner of Plum Tree Partners, Rich brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the company. He also serves on the River Logic, Inc. Board of Directors and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Executive Board. 

LookSmart Appoints Scott Kauffman to Board of Directors

Online search advertising network solutions company, LookSmart, appointed Scott Kauffman to its Board of Directors.

Kauffman brings more than 25 years of senior executive and board leadership experience with both public and private companies. 

"We are incredibly excited about Scott joining our board. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership, and we expect his insight and guidance to be highly valuable to LookSmart as we continue to develop the highest quality search network in the industry," said Jean-Yves Dexmier, Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO. "I look forward to working closely with him."

 
 
 
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