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We’ve got some executive changes to announce. Caroline Little, who has been our CEO since June 2009, will be leaving. When Caroline stepped…

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We’ve got some executive changes to announce. Caroline Little, who has been our CEO since June 2009, will be leaving. When Caroline stepped down as CEO of North America for Guardian News and Media in October, she agreed to stay on with ContentNext Media through a transition period that has now ended.

“ContentNext is in a great place, in every way, and is blessed with an owner, Guardian News and Media, that shares that vision. I am leaving with incredibly able people to take the lead,” Caroline told the staff in a note today. “I adore the sites and the team, and working with them has been such a pleasure.” Caroline plans to take a long-awaited sabbatical in the south of France.

Separately, we’re pleased to announce that Caryn Whitman, who has been our Head of Finance and Administration since September 2009, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining ContentNext, Caryn was the COO at Niche Media Holdings, a regional, luxury lifestyle magazine publisher. During her seven years in that role, she oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations, including finance, HR, production, editorial, sales and administration, and also functioned as the effective CFO. Prior to Niche, Caryn, a CPA, was a Business Manager for Details magazine and, before that, a Senior Accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“Caryn is a highly effective member of the executive team at ContentNext, and her promotion is well-deserved,” said Stella Beaumont, Director of International and Business Development at Guardian News and Media. “Everyone at ContentNext will miss Caroline both personally and professionally, and I would like to take this last opportunity to thank her, on behalf of Guardian News and Media, for all her excellent work over the past two years.”

The changes come at an exciting time for ContentNext. We’re in hiring mode, both on the business and editorial sides, and are coming off our flagship conference, paidContent2011, earlier this month at the TimesCenter in New York. The day-long event was full of rich discussion and food for thought, including interviews with newsmakers like Keith Olbermann, Tim Armstrong, Arianna Huffington and Greg Clayman. If you missed the event, you can see our coverage of it here. Meanwhile, we’re gearing up for our next conference, paidContent Mobile, on May 18 in New York. Hope to see you there.

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