MySpace confirmed Wednesday that CEO Chris DeWolfe would step down, and that it was in discussions with Tom Anderson, everyone’s first friend on MySpace and the company’s president, about his future role at the social networking site.
In a statement, the company described DeWolfe’s departure as a “mutual agreement” between DeWolfe and new News Corp (NYSE: NWS) Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller. DeWolfe will continue on as a strategic advisor to the company. As for Anderson, the company said that Miller was in discussions with him about “assuming a new role” at MySpace.
Former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta is a leading candidate to take over DeWolfe’s job.
Staci adds: A couple of points here — Van Natta is considering the job and may very well take it, but I was told nothing has been signed yet. Also, Miller is looking at multiple senior appointments, making it a new team that will lead MySpace — not just a CEO. Under most circumstances, Miller likely would have waited until he had at least one of these people signed and sealed before moving on any changes to DeWolfe and Anderson’s roles.
Full release after the jump.
Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2009 – MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corporation