Dan Finnigan, the primary architect at Yahoo of the newspaper â€œconsortium,â€ which now includes 264 newspapers from 12 newspaper companies, is leaving the company, according to an internal memo sent by Hilary Schneider at Yahoo, and reported on by Classified Intelligence newsletter (not online). He joined the company in April 2002 as EVP and GM of HotJobs after serving as president of Knight Ridder Digital. Schneider became Finniganâ€™s boss when she joined Yahoo last year.
Mr. Daniel J. Finnigan is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital since February 15, 2008. Mr. Finnigan has spent his career launching and growing Internet content, advertising and classified businesses. He serves as an Executive Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! HotJobs. While serving as the Senior Vice President at Yahoo!, he orchestrated HotJobs. Prior to joining HotJobs in April 2002, Mr. Finnigan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Ridder Digital since July 1999. He served as the Vice President of Knight Ridder, Inc. and was responsible for Knight Ridder’s Internet products, brands, and operations. He worked with the Times Mirror Company, where Mr. Finnigan was responsible for the creation and general management of electronic information services. Under his leadership, the Real Cities network has expanded into 55 U.S. cities through strategic relationship development. Mr. Finnigan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SBC Interactive, which he co-founded in 1996, from 1998 to 1999 and served in various various positions with SBC Communications, Inc., from 1995 to 1998. In 1996, he launched SMARTpages.com and led its successful investment in Flycast Communications. He served as Group Manager for Product Development of ESS Ventures, LLC, from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Finnigan served as a Director of Yahoo! HotJobs. and SocialNet, Inc. He served as Director of Classified VenturesBelo Corporation, Gannett Company, The McClatchy Company, The New York Times, Tribune Company, and The Washington Post Company. Mr. Finnigan received an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a B.A. in communication studies from University of California, Los Angeles in 1984.