ECompanies firms up exec management

Team's role: infuse knowledge, expertise, Dayton sez

ECompanies, an Internet incubator created by former Buena Vista Internet Group chairman Jake Winebaum and Earthlink founder Sky Dayton, has tapped several key executives for its management team.

Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch business development exec Michael Guttentag has been named senior veep of strategy for the Santa Monica-based company, which aims to launch a slew of online sites. Guttentag will help define which companies to pursue.

Prior to Ticketmaster, Guttentag worked with MGM Interactive, Time Warner Interactive and Carolco Pictures, and was an associate in venture capital at Warburg Pincus.

Bos of personnel

Marijo Bos has been tapped senior veep of people, overseeing the recruitment of key execs to eCompanies and its startups as head of human resources.

Bos was managing director and partner at recruiting outfit Russell Reynolds Associates. She also worked in marketing and media management at the Texas Medical Center.

Karen Reed has been named senior VP of creative. Reed’s Web site design firm Venu Interactive was acquired by eCompanies in July. She will spearhead branding, design and interface architecture for the company’s businesses.

Venu has created sites for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Online, the Earthlink Network and Fox Family Worldwide, among others.

Before Venu, Reed served as senior art director at the Bartel Design Group, creating ad campaigns for Turner Broadcasting Services, National Geographic and World Entertainment.

Len Vickers has been tapped senior veep of marketing.

Previously, Vickers was senior veep of marketing at Xerox Corp.

Andrew Greenebaum already joined the company as chief financial officer (Daily Variety, Aug. 23), responsible for finance, accounting, legal and administrative functions.

Greenebaum most recently served as executive VP and CFO of CD Radio Inc., a satellite-to-car radio broadcaster.

He also served as veep of corporate finance at Disney, and as director in the strategic planning and corporate development group for the Mouse House.

“The role of the eCompanies’ management team is to infuse our incubated companies with their considerable knowledge and expertise, streamlining and accelerating the incubation process with a strong dose of real-world know-how and execution,” Dayton said.

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