Owen Van Natta Articles

Zynga Puts Owen Van Natta Over Business Operations

Zynga, the social gaming company that makes apps for both Facebook and MySpace, now has one additional connection to those two companies.  Zynga named Owen Van Natta Executive Vice President of Business Operations this afternoon.

Van Natta was, as you may remember, Facebook’s COO for a while.  He served as CEO of MySpace for a relatively short period of time, as well.  So this move is perhaps a bit of a step down for him, title-wise.

MySpace’s CEO Out

Owen Van Natta, who only joined MySpace in April of last year, will no longer serve as its CEO.  Reports indicate that he’s in fact been fired, and MySpace has at least confirmed that Jason Hirschhorn and Mike Jones, who reported to Van Natta, are becoming co-presidents.

Facebook, MySpace May Share Content
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Never mind swine flu – it may in fact be time to start watching out for flying oinkers.  Social networking archrivals Facebook and MySpace are discussing the idea of sharing content, according to people at the highest levels of both organizations.

MySpace CEO Discusses iLike Acquisition

Early Monday, we reported that MySpace intended to acquire iLike.  This afternoon, during a press conference call, MySpace’s CEO, Owen Van Natta, confirmed the deal and discussed a few details.

MySpace Gets a New Chief Product Officer

Last week, it was announced that MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe was leaving the company, and that former Facebook Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer Owen Van Natta would be taking his place. Then his second in command was confirmed to be former AOL executive Michael Jones, who will be taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer at MySpace.

Next MySpace CEO: Owen Van Natta
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Tuesday evening, MySpace acknowledged that Chris DeWolfe, the company’s cofounder and CEO, was leaving the organization.  Today, it looks like his replacement’s officially ready.  Folks familiar with the corporate side of social networks may recognize the name Owen Van Natta.

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Facebook Exec To Find Another Job

Even as Yahoo employees abandon ship (and get booted off it) at an alarming rate, Owen Van Natta, Facebook’s chief revenue officer and vice president of operations, has decided to leave his company.

Van Natta Out As Facebook’s COO

What’s in a title?  Well, sometimes, a lot of words – I believe the most I’ve seen was 23 – but Owen Van Natta’s job at Facebook had a nice, simple name: chief operating officer.  Now Van Natta’s been given the title of “chief revenue officer and vice president of operations,” and yes, by comparison, that’s neither concise nor prestigious.