Industry Moves: Mike Jones, Jason Hirschhorn Join Van Natta at MySpace

05/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With Tom Anderson still in place as president, the roles are defined a little differently for now than might otherwise be the case. Jones, as TechCrunch reported, will be COO, while expect Hirschhorn to lead product development-until now specifically Anderson's turf. 3

New MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta starts on his first day on the job at MySpace bright and early this morning, coming to its Beverly Hills HQ, as he takes over for former CEO and Co-founder Chris DeWolfe. And, along with him will also be a new COO, former AOL exec Mike Jones, whose appointment will be announced this morning, sources said. Jones was the founder of Userplane, a social networking application maker that was bought by then-AOL head Jon Miller in 2006. (News Corp. also owns Dow Jones, which owns this Web site) Jones left the Time Warner (TWX) unit last year to start Tsavo, a digital content start-up. 1

Jones and Van Natta will join Jonathan Miller, the CEO Digital Media, at MySpace's Los Angeles offices today to address employees. Jones is a well respected entrepreneur who founded Userplane, a video chat service that added social features to dating and other sites. 2

  1. Back to School: New MySpace CEO Van Natta Starts Today (Joined by Former AOL Exec Jones as COO) [BoomTown] (All Things Digital)
  2. Confirmed: Former AOL Exec Mike Jones to Take COO Role at MySpace (TechCrunch)
  3. Industry Moves: Mike Jones, Jason Hirschhorn Join Van Natta at MySpace (paidContent)