News Corp. has expanded MySpace’s management team with two key new hires.
Michael Jones has been named chief operating officer and Jason Hirschhorn has been named chief product officer.
They both will report to new MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta.
Jones has founded and operated several online businesses, including Userplane, which was acquired by AOL in 2006. He’s best known for pioneering the distribution of widgets to Web publishers.
Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of Tsavo Media, an online content and search network developing next-generation publishing platforms and technology services.
Hirschhorn most recently was president of Sling Media, Inc’s Entertainment Group, which created consumer-driven applications and services for the Slingbox device. Previously, he was chief digital officer at MTV Networks.
“Michael’s operational insight and knowledge of the social media market will prove to be a valuable asset as we set out to evolve the MySpace product offering,” said Jon Miller, chief digital officer, News Corp. “From a product perspective, there’s no better choice than Jason, who is highly regarded as an incredibly talented innovator, media executive and leader, all qualities I know will greatly benefit our team and our users."