By Evan DeSimone
Jared Grusd, previously head of corporate development and general counsel at Spotify, will join the Huffington Post as CEO of its news division, the company’s founder Arianna Huffington announced today.
Prior to joining Spotify, Grusd was the founder of Shake, a legal technology company later acquired by Legal Shield. He also spent time at Google, where he served as managing counsel and a member of its executive management team for the Americas, and Huffington Post parent company AOL, where he was Chief Strategy Officer. During his time at AOL, Grusd worked directly with the company’s current CEO Tim Armstrong and, according to a statement by Huffington, was involved in the discussions between she and Armstrong that lea to AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post in 2011.
Grusd replaces Jim Maymann, who will move on to a new position with AOL’s new owner, Verizon. Maymann will reportedly be responsible for the telecom giant’s consumer brands and will also oversee the launch of Go90, Verizon’s forthcoming mobile video service.
It’s been a week of Spotify defections. Yesterday, it was announced that chief content officer and first U.S. employee Ken Parks was leaving the music streaming company to join OTT service PlutoTV.