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

Back to School: New MySpace CEO Van Natta Starts Today (Joined by Former AOL Exec Jones as COO) [BoomTown]

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. Van Natta, who was also running the Project Playlist start-up until his appointment, has stronger Silicon Valley ties. 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. The acquisition was made at the time that Jonathan Miller was the CEO of AOL, and Jones knows Miller well. 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)

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