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Owen Van Natta

Owen Van Natta
Education University of California, Santa Cruz
Occupation Executive Vice President of Business
Employer Zynga
Known for former COO at Facebook
former CEO at MySpace

Owen T. Van Natta (born November 12, 1969)[1] has held notable positions in various media companies, including Amazon.com, Facebook, Myspace and Zynga.[2] Van Natta holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz.[3]

Career

From June 1998 to August 2005, Van Natta was Vice President of Worldwide Business and Corporate Development at Amazon.com, where he managed global marketing programs and strategic partnerships. He was part of the founding team of A9.com, the Amazon.com search company, and was responsible for site operations and sponsored-link advertising.[4]

Van Natta became the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, where he focused on revenue operations, business development, and strategic partnerships from September 2005 to February 2008.[5] At the time of his departure, his title was Chief Revenue Officer.[6] He went on to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Project Playlist in 2008, a music sharing website allowing users to search for music, create custom playlists, and share the content with friends.[7]

In April 2009, Van Natta became Chief Executive Officer of MySpace, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategic vision and the execution of its global business initiatives.[8] Van Natta created new features as a part of his refocusing of strategy, and tried to move MySpace from a social networking platform to an entertainment content distribution platform.[9] By the end of 2009, NewsCorp's Fox Interactive Media business posted revenue of $226 million and profits of $7 million, the vast majority of it from MySpace.[10] After spending ten months in his position, he stepped down and joined Zynga in February 2010.

Van Natta joined Zynga, an Internet company that makes online social games, as Executive Vice President of Business and as a member of the Board of Directors in August 2010.[11] He was responsible for the company’s revenue strategy, corporate development, international expansion and brand. He resigned from Zynga on November 17, 2011.

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "CrunchBase Profile: Owen Van Natta" Retrieved 6-18-09
  3. ^ TechCrunch April 2009
  4. ^ Robischon, Noah (April 23, 2009). "Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta Taking Over at MySpace".  
  5. ^ All Things Digital February 2008
  6. ^ Cnet November 2008
  7. ^ , November 2008Venturebeat
  8. ^ TechCrunch April 2009
  9. ^ , October 2009The Telegraph
  10. ^ Wall Street Journal April 2009
  11. ^ KerryOnWorld August 2010


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