27 posts and columns on Jimmy Pitaro
Yesterday, BoomTown reported that Mark Walker, the head of the powerful Yahoo News site, was leaving the Internet giant for another company. That company, sources said, will be Disney, where Walker will be leading a major overhaul of its flagship Disney.com site.
Yahoo is hiring former News Corp. and Disney online exec Mickie Rosen to run its Audience unit, which includes the Silicon Valley Internet giant’s powerful content sites, sources said. Rosen will report to Americas head Ross Levinsohn, who has worked with her before, both at News Corp. and Fuse Capital. The move is Levinsohn’s first management rejiggering since he took over last year, and there is likely to be more to come.
David Ko, who just announced he was leaving Yahoo as head of its powerful U.S. Audience unit, is taking a job heading mobile efforts at hot social gaming start-up Zynga, according to sources. The move comes only a day after Jimmy Pitaro, who worked for Ko as head of Media at the Internet giant, landed at Disney as the new co-president of its Internet division. For Zynga, mobile is becoming a critical new platform for global growth, as consumers worldwide use a variety of increasingly functional mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.