CollegeHumor Co-Founder Ricky Van Veen Taking Creative Role at Facebook
Also: Twitter taps a new vp of global media.
Barry Diller’s InterActiveCorp (IAC) has lost a second content executive in the span of a week. Following the departure of Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor on Monday, CollegeHumor co-founder and Notional CEO Ricky Van Veen announced on Wednesday that he’s moving to Facebook as the social giant’s head of global creative strategy.
In a post on Facebook, Van Veen said he’ll be "working with all types of creators and organizations to figure out how best to use the biggest network in the world to better connect people with engaging and meaningful content."
Van Veen and Josh Abramson launched CollegeHumor in 1999. The comedy site known for its irreverent sense of humor and original video content was acquired by IAC in 2006, after which Van Veen became CEO of the IAC-owned TV production company Notional. He is married to Girls star Allison Williams.
"The easy joke is that I’m continuing a career in startups and really getting in on the ground floor at Facebook," he said. "But I actually think that in terms of Facebook’s opportunity to leverage great content (specifically video) to the right audiences, things are just getting started."
OVER AT TWITTER, you can stop sending in your applications for vp of global media, a role vacated late last month by Nathan Hubbard. Taking over will be Ross Hoffman, who joined the company in 2010 and was most recently Twitter’s senior director of brand strategy.
A spokesperson confirmed the move with Recode. Hoffman will report to Ali Jafari, who leads media partnerships at the company.