As part of the shakeup that ousted co-founder Chris DeWolfe and ushered in former Project Playlist and Facebook's Owen Van Natta as the new CEO, MySpace has expanded its management team with two key hires. Michael Jones who comes from Userplane and AOL has been named Chief Operating Officer and Jason Hirschhorn joins as Chief Product Officer after a stints at Sling Media and MTV Networks.
From the press release:
"Michaelâs operational insight and knowledge of the social media market will prove to be a valuable asset as we set out to evolve the MySpace product offering,â said Jon Miller, chief digital officer, News Corporation. âFrom a product perspective, thereâs no better choice than Jason, who is highly regarded as an incredibly talented innovator, media executive and leader, all qualities I know will greatly benefit our team and our users.â
âWe were attracted to Michaelâs unique background in building and operating successful businesses that fall directly in our sweet spot, and I look forward to leveraging his skill set as we further refine and shape the MySpace vision,â said Mr. Van Natta. âJasonâs reputation for creating compelling consumer experiences that leverage the intersection of technology, design and media is unmatched and weâre excited to have him join us.â
âI am so fortunate to have the opportunity to build upon the successes of the companyâs founders and am eager to work with Owen and Jon and the rest of the incredible management team at MySpace as we enter this exciting new phase in the companyâs already revered history,â said Mr. Jones. Mr. Hirschhorn continued, âMySpace is one of the most alluring innovations of our time and I am honored to collaborate with Tom Anderson and the rest of the MySpace team to take what is already a stellar product into its next evolution.â