HuffPost Taps Former YouTube Exec to Help Push ‘Live’

New business development head will focus on programming, maybe e-commerce

The Huffington Post has been ramping up on the business side of the operation, and the company's most recent addition is Yaosh Ho, head of business development.

In an internal memo on Monday, HuffPost CEO Jimmy Maymann detailed Ho's varied experience, which includes time at Google, MGM and The Associated Press, among other companies.

There is plenty of work to be done at HuffPost, Maymann added in an interview. And investing in HuffPost Live remains high on the list.

"When I look at what it is we need to do at HuffPost from a strategic partnership, video being one of [our priorities], (Ho) coming from YouTube obviously has a great background to understand what's going on in that space," Maymann said. "Obviously, also, as we're exploring more ways of doing programming with HuffPost Live, having someone with an entertainment background is a great asset."

An untapped area the company might explore, Maymann added, is e-commerce. "That's something we should look at," he said. Other opportunities include partnerships that may be device-specific, he added, and growing the company's presence internationally.

Ho rounds out the company's business leadership team, said Maymann, who started as CEO in December 2012.

Maymann's full memo:

From: Jimmy Maymann

Date: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Subject: Business Development




I'd like to welcome Yaosh Ho, who is joining us today as our new Head of Business Development.


Yaosh comes to us from Google, where he led deals across YouTube, Google Books, Google Wallet, and even created a fiber optic network in Uganda. Prior to Google, he was a Director of Business Development at MGM Studios, where he led BD for MGM's digital business. He also worked at the Associated Press, where he developed AP's Digital Collective and its Podcast product. He was also a Technical Product Manager at Elance and a software consultant at Annams Systems.


Yaosh has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He has also filed two internet patents, holds multiple Google AdWords certifications, and passed the Foreign Service Officer Test.


In short, he will be a superb addition to our team. Please join me in welcoming Yaosh.




Jimmy Maymann

CEO | The Huffington Post Media Group

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