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Patrick Keane, the former Googler who was the EVP and CM at CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS), has been transitioning out of his position, and hasn’t been in office in the last month, sources have confirmed, following an earlier report from Mediamemo. He was brought in early last year by Quincy Smith, to run ad sales at the digital division, but since then, after CNET’s acquisition, the role has changed and he wasn’t too keen on it (no pun intended!), say sources. In June, after the CNET integration, the company announced that Keane and Mickey Wilson, SVP of marketing at CNET, would work together on integrating marketing, focusing on strategy, processes and structure…that changed focus is probably what Keane didn’t like. Wilson has been looking over his responsibilities for the last month. Not clear when he will officially leave the company. Prior to CBS, Keane was Head of Advertising Sales Strategy at Google.
Who else will be leaving the company soon? Likely some more senior execs on the digital side…