Branchout Hires Ebbe Altberg, Former Yahoo! Senior Executive, As Chief
Chris Merritt Promoted to Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BranchOut, the largest
professional community on Facebook, today announced that Ebbe Altberg, a
former senior vice president, media engineering at Yahoo! has joined BranchOut
as chief operating officer. In addition, Chris Merritt, who joined BranchOut
as vice president of sales and general manager of enterprise products, has
been promoted to chief marketing and sales officer.
"Ebbe is a catalyst in taking our company to the next level," said CEO and
Founder Rick Marini. "With our recent redesign, BranchOut has evolved into a
true professional community. Ebbe will be managing our product, design, growth
and engineering teams to provide our users the best possible experience when
they come to BranchOut."
Altberg brings extensive experience leading large-scale product innovation,
development and operations. He joins BranchOut after spending four years at
Yahoo! as senior vice president of media engineering, where he was responsible
for global media product strategy and development, including Yahoo! Homepages,
News, Sports, Finance and Entertainment. Before that, he served as vice
president and head of audience for EMEA where he handled consumer strategy,
products and content. Prior to Yahoo!, Altberg was chief product officer for
Ingenio that was acquired by AT&T Interactive. He also spent 12 years at
Microsoft in various leadership positions.
"BranchOut is pushing the envelope in the professional space and I'm thrilled
to join at such an important time," said Altberg. "People network and approach
their careers in many different ways, and we're trying to make the process
more authentic. BranchOut is a place where you can be inspired to bring your
career to life. We're working on making it a deeper experience."
As chief marketing and sales officer, Chris Merritt will drive marketing,
sales, business development, editorial and customer care. Before coming to
BranchOut in 2011, Merritt worked at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for the
company's largest advertiser and agency relationships as vice president of
global advertiser partnerships. Earlier at Yahoo!, Merritt ran small business
and recruitment advertising.
"With Ebbe and Chris, the management team has deep product, operational and
industry experience," said Marini. "BranchOut has a world-class team and the
ability to improve the lives of millions of people. It's an exciting time for
BranchOut is the largest professional community on Facebook with more than 30
million users in over 200 countries. BranchOut allows people to build their
professional brands by sharing photos and posts that dynamically showcase
their professional skills, expertise and accomplishments. The company was
founded in 2010 and has raised $49 million in funding from Accel Partners,
Redpoint Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Norwest Venture Partners.
Contact: Marisa Hagerman, Allison + Partners, +1-415-277-4932,
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