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Heather Harde, senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media is all set to join as the new chief executive officer at TechCrunch, a technology blog edited and published by Michael Arrington. Arrington could not be reached for a comment. We left him […]

Heather Harde, senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media is all set to join as the new chief executive officer at TechCrunch, a technology blog edited and published by Michael Arrington.

Arrington could not be reached for a comment. We left him a voice mail and tried to contact him via email as well.

We are still trying to were able to confirm this information with FIM., but there is little chance we can get this information before the start of the new week. Harde was one of the early hires by Ross Levinsohn, former president of FIM.

Harde, worked on many deals for FIM including the acquisitions of Newroo and kSolo. A frequent guest at some of the earlier TechCrunch parties, Harde is quite familiar with the Silicon Valley landscape and spent a considerable amount of time in Northern California.

As someone who is trying to balance editorial tasks with chief janitorial duties that go with the title of a founder, Harde’s presence will help Arrington focus most of his energies on editorial.

Photo: Harde and Arrington, sharing a laugh at Gnomedex; copyright: Laughing Squid/Scott Beale, hosted by Flickr.

  1. Fox Interactive M&A SVP Set To Join Techcrunch As CEO: Report…

    A very interesting development in this blog media world: Gigaom reports that Heather Harde, SVP of M&A at Fox Interactive Media is all set to join as the new CEO at the tech blog media site and company Techcrunch. This adds to a more professional t…

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  2. So does this mean that TechCrunch will be “Fair and Balanced” in typical Fox style?

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  3. Very interesting. Can’t help but wonder if the hiring of an M&A specialist as CEO won’t lead to some significant expansion for the popular tech brand.

    Great scoop!

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  4. Brendan,

    I suspect you are thinking along the same lines. Mike has often remarked that he wants to expand via acqusition and basically I think Heather is going to be a great addition to his team, and make his vision come true. Now a MA banker and an attorney in da house, even fees are going to be pretty low ;-)

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  5. Newroo and kSolo acquisitions…quick, tell me those are sponge-worthy, please!?!? Can someone verify if this is same chick who worked at News America Marketing on retail coupons?

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  6. I think he should be hiring writers. Oh, that’s right, he tried that.

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  7. CEO of a ‘blog’?? WTF?

    This web 2.0 madness is beginning to take full hold of people.

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  8. Janus,

    Looks like Mike is building out his business and is bringing in much needed help. I would say this is first step towards turning TC into a full fledged publishing business.

    On the Web 2.0 madness, well that is a topic of another post and I might be in full sync with you on that.

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  9. Interesting. I just don’t know why he would need a CEO, but I guess he is the top dog, right? Top dogs are always usually innovating.

    So … Om… when are YOU hiring YOUR CEO? :)

    Rex

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  10. Rex,

    you are right… he is doing his thing. For now, I am going to see how long I wear the two hats and make it all work.

    But in the long run, all growing concerns need outside help, and a seasoned and innovative chief executive can do wonders for the little start-ups.

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