November 12, 2009 14:30 ET

Ning Expands Executive Team on Heels of Record Growth of Social Platform for Interests and Passions

Key Promotions and New Additions to Management Include Hires From Amazon, eBay, MySpace, Yahoo!, and YouTube

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Ning, (, the social platform for the world's interests and passions online, today announced key promotions and new additions to the management team. The Ning Platform has achieved annual growth of more than 300 percent, reaching over 1.7 million Ning Networks created and more than 37 million registered users around the world with 1 million new members being added every 12 days across Ning Networks.

To support the company's growth, Ning recently promoted senior vice president of Business Operations Jason Rosenthal to chief operating officer. As COO, Rosenthal will be expanding the reach and monetization opportunities for Ning. Diego Doval, the original Chief Architect at Ning and one of the first three employees, was recently promoted from chief technology officer to chief product officer. In his new role, Doval will continue to innovate on the Ning Platform by defining and delivering the next generation of products and services.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have assembled a phenomenal team responsible for the tremendous growth and momentum of the Ning Platform," said Gina Bianchini, CEO and cofounder of Ning. "We are focused on continuing to find new and better ways to empower our Network Creators and their members to express their interests, discover new passions and meet others around what they care about most."

After joining Ning as the director of Engineering in 2008, Sridatta Viswanath was recently promoted to vice president of Engineering overseeing the entire Engineering organization. He is responsible for a number of key engineering management hires who have recently joined Ning.

Reporting to Viswanath will be Nimrod Hoofien, director of Monetization and Search. Hoofien joins Ning from Amazon where he developed key components for Amazon's retail websites focused on growing sales and improving customer experience. In addition to Hoofien, Carmine Rimi joins Ning as the director of Reliability and Tools, also from Amazon, where he was key to developing cloud technology.

Additional hires reporting to Viswanath include Mike Tria, director of Scalability and Security, who was previously at Rearden Commerce; Patrick Mee, director of Network Creator and Member Experience, who joins Ning following positions at SourceForge and Apple; and Peter Shafton, director of Performance and Growth, formerly of VoloMedia and Yahoo!.

"We've assembled a world-class engineering and operations team to deliver the most unique, contextual social experiences online for millions of people around the world," said Sridatta Viswanath, vice president of Engineering at Ning. "Our focus is to innovate and build the next generation of services giving Ning Networks more opportunity to engage people around their passions and interests."

Additional new hires include vice president of Advocacy John McDonald who joins Ning from eBay where he oversaw the seller experience and was responsible for increasing buyer trust and seller retention. Recently promoted was Jill Nissen, formerly chief intellectual property council to vice president, chief policy officer.

The company also expanded its Marketing and Business Development teams. Julie Supan was named vice president of Marketing following her role as senior director of Marketing at YouTube. In this role, she is responsible for managing all consumer brand building efforts behind the global adoption of Ning's services.

Alongside Marketing, new additions to the Business Development team include vice president Joel Wright, formerly the vice president of Paradigm Talent Agency and director of Advertising Sales at Yahoo!; and Director Cristian Cussen, previously the director of Content and Marketing at MySpace.

For more information on today's announcement, including executive biographies, visit the Ning Press Center at:

About Ning

Ning is the social platform for the world's interests and passions online. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use service that allows people to join and create Ning Networks. With more than 1.7 million Ning Networks created and 37 million registered users, millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits. Ning was founded in October 2004 by Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen. The company is privately held. For more information, visit

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