Virendra Vase Named Zinio COO
Virendra Vase Named Zinio COO
Vase Joins Zinio Executive Team to Lead Operations and Product Technology
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 7, 2011 – Zinio, the world's largest and most popular global magazine newsstand, today announced that Virendra Vase has joined the company’s executive management team as chief operating officer (COO). Vase joins Zinio from Jigsaw, a Salesforce.com company (CRM), where he oversaw all engineering and operations and was instrumental in the sale of the company to Salesforce.com in 2010.
Vase’s experience in fast moving, entrepreneurial online businesses makes him a great fit for Zinio, as the company continues to drive market-leading innovation around its global digital newsstand. With extensive growth plans across the product, technology and operational areas of Zinio, Vase in his new role brings deep experience to efficiently and effectively drive continued success for the company. Zinio’s operations and technology divisions will both report into Vase.
“Virendra brings proven success in engineering, network operations, business analysis, customer service and program management to Zinio,” said Rich Maggiotto, president and CEO of Zinio. “We’re excited to incorporate his experience and knowledge into our daily global operations and product offerings to continue to drive the best experiences for both our partners and readers.”
Before joining Jigsaw, Vase was vice president of engineering for Yahoo!’s (YHOO) Search & Advertising Technology division, responsible for its Y!CRM platform, Small Medium Business (SMB) group and business intelligence of its Performance Advertising Network. Prior to that, he served as COO at MetaReward/Experian (EXPN), a performance-based ad network, which experienced incredible growth during his tenure there. Additionally, Vase has also held executive positions at Responsys (MKTG) and AdKnowledge, a division of Engage Inc. At the latter, he was responsible for the development of all campaign management, ad serving and web analytics products.
Virendra received his MS in computer engineering from Clemson University and BS in electrical engineering from Pune University in India.
Zinio is where the world reads, explores and interacts with the largest selection of magazines across today’s most popular devices. News may break elsewhere, but stories live on Zinio. No other platform provides global access to thousands of magazine titles covering every major genre, industry, specialty and hobby. Zinio users download millions of magazine issues a month in 33 languages and 20 currencies – from almost every major global publisher. The company is focused on creating an intuitive and effortless digital experience that transforms how we read, from passive to active, from solo to social. Zinio users can easily search stories and topics that they are passionate about, share with friends, save and curate content, shop for products, and store all of their favorite magazines in Zinio across all of their favorite devices. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information, please visit www.zinio.com, or follow us on Twitter at @Zinio.
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Molly Mulloy / Nick Mendoza
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