IAC announced that Jason Finger, the former chief executive and co-founder of SeamlessWeb, will join CityGrid Media as chief executive. He replaces Jay Herratti, who served as chief of the online media company for the past five years.
IAC IACI -0.83% announced today that Jason Finger, former CEO and co-founder of SeamlessWeb (now Seamless), will join CityGrid Media as Chief Executive Officer in April. Mr. Finger will oversee the CityGrid advertising network and its owned and operated websites, including Citysearch, Urbanspoon, Insider Pages, and Buzz Labs. Jay Herratti, who served as Chief Executive Officer of CityGrid Media for the last five years, and in other IAC executive positions for another three, will support the transition and then pursue other interests.
“Jay has been a tremendous asset to IAC and a great colleague over the last eight years,” said Greg Blatt, CEO IAC. “Off the back of Citysearch.com he built the leading online local ad network, serving hundreds of third party publishers as well as our owned and operated sites, which more than doubled in audience during his tenure. He leaves CityGrid Media well positioned, and I believe Jason, with his proven track record of entrepreneurial success in the local space, is the perfect person to drive continued growth and innovation.”
“CityGrid Media’s network of properties offer unique opportunities to capture and grow value in the local market,” said Mr. Finger. “I am deeply passionate about this space and am looking forward to working with the team to further drive strong relationships with CityGrid Media’s loyal consumers and merchants.”
Mr. Finger co-founded SeamlessWeb in 1999, and was responsible for growing the company’s presence to 22 cities throughout the U.S. and London. SeamlessWeb was acquired by Aramark in 2006, at which time Mr. Finger continued to lead the business while also serving on Aramark’s executive leadership council, presidents’ council and global-leadership council, responsible for setting and executing corporate strategy for 260,000 employees in 19 countries. Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and to Crain’s 40 under 40 list of leading young executives, Mr. Finger has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners for the past two years, focusing on SaaS, local businesses and e-commerce.
CityGrid Media is an online media company that connects web and mobile publishers with local advertising organizations by linking them through CityGrid®, its local content and advertising network. CityGrid Media owns and operates leading local consumer properties including Citysearch, Insider Pages and Urbanspoon. CityGrid Media is an operating business of IAC IACI -0.83% .