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Etsy Founder Rob Kalin Takes Back CEO Role

New/old Etsy CEO Rob Kalin with departing CEO Maria Thomas

Etsy co-founder Rob Kalin will become CEO of the online craft-selling site, replacing Maria Thomas, who’d joined the company from NPR last year. At the time, Kalin left the CEO spot and became chief creative officer. In a corporate blog post, Kalin credited Thomas with helping the company reach profitability, but did not offer a reason for her departure.

Etsy — where, full disclosure, I bought some very nice Christmas gifts last night — announced last week it had acquired ad startup Adtuitive to improve its search and advertising.

In November, Etsy merchants sold $21.9 million of goods and had 681 million page views. The company has raised more than $31 million from Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners and other investors. It hosts many aspiring entrepreneurs who work hard to make and market their wares, and some of them now have six-figure businesses, as detailed in a New York Times profile last week.