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The first big leadership change in Hulu’s young career: Eric Feng, the founding CTO and SVP of audience recruited by CEO Jason Kilar from Beijing to help create the video portal now known as Hulu, is leaving media for green tech. Feng will be a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a technical adviser to former Vice President Al Gore, matching his expertise with digital technology to an interest in environmental issues. His job will be split in three, each role filled internally: Eugene Wei will take on the audience business, Rich Tom will head technology, and Ting-hao Yang will lead the China tech team.
Kilar and Feng knew each other in Seattle when the former was at Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) and the latter at Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT). Kilar acq-hired Feng by picking up Mojiti, a Beijing video start up, and Feng played a major role in making Hulu an instantly usable video service. The two followed a loaner group of execs from joint venture partners NBCU and News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). much of Hulu’s success is credited with the board’s willingness to hire outside leadership. A message from Kilar and Feng’s e-mail to staff (one of nearly 33,000 he says he has written since joining the company) are on the site’s blog.
It’s a double hit for the company: Christina Lee, Hulu’s spokeswoman since launch and Feng’s wife, also will be leaving.