Executive Shuffling, Departures Continue at CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder Change

So much for things settling down in 2019.

Multiple sources, who talked to me on the condition of anonymity, have shared an email that went to CareerBuilder employees this week announcing the departure of three executives who had been with the company for a long time.

Who’s out? According to the email from CEO Irina NovoselskyJohn Smith, chief sales officer, Jason Lovelace, president of enterprise sales and interim corporate marketing, and Farhan Yasin, who was president of CareerBuilder International and oversaw global operations of the Broadbean subsidiary, are all leaving.

As of this writing, none have updated their LinkedIn profiles. Smith had been with CareerBuilder since 2002, and Lovelace first joined the company in 2000. Yasin is a relative newbie, having joined in 2014. Smith was named in a harassment lawsuit by former employee Lori McInerney last summer.

“Collectively, John, Jason, and Farhan have given more than 52 years to helping CB capture our initial market leadership position in the early 2000s, and grow our international business expansion and new acquisitions,” wrote Novoselsky. “As leaders, they have made a lasting impact on the company and our culture — and we extend our best wishes to each of them.”

Who’s in? According to Novoselsky’s email, three roles will be filled internally. Sasha Yablonovsky will become interim president at CareerBuilder, Mary Delaney, a 19-year veteran, is expanding her role, becoming president of software and services, overseeing the CBATS, Workterr,a and Broadbean teams, in addition to running the employment screening solution. Additionally, Dave Cox, who’s been with the company for 15 years, will be interim chief financial officer.

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I reached out to CareerBuilder for confirmation of the moves and a PR agency representative replied, “It’s company policy that we don’t comment on employees outside of executive promotions and new hires.”

Speaking of PR agencies, it looks like two company veterans in CareerBuilder’s communications department have moved on as well. I emailed both Michael Erwin and Jennifer Grasz about the correspondence from Novoselsky, and both emails bounced. A direct message to Grasz on Twitter has gone unanswered also and a source close to the company told me Erwin had left to work in politics, which his LinkedIn profile confirms.

Novoselsky ended her message with, “I believe that in 2019 — with your ongoing commitment, hard work and dedication — CareerBuilder will continue our pursuit to be an industry innovator and market leader.”

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Jobing.com. He was employed by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.


5 Comments on “Executive Shuffling, Departures Continue at CareerBuilder

  1. Great, because CareerBuilder has dramatically taken a nose-dive in the last 5 years! Top-down chaos and hiring incompetent sales people as their “Account Managers” that use used-car-salesman tactics. They have allowed their job seeker customers to be relentlessly spammed by insurance sales recruiters by not verifying accounts and enforcing their terms of use, so most of the good candidates avoid it. They removed all the useful search filter data-points for recruiters and tried to mimic Indeed’s candidate profile format instead of being true to its identity, in the process losing it’s competitive advantage. Is the candidate open to relocation? Who knows, they don’t ask anymore. It is really sad what has become of this job board powerhouse.

  2. Wow, crushing it! The BEST engagement I ever got from an InMail campaign was when I told an original joke to a bunch of DevOps candidates. I love how you have a sense of humor, while also representing your brand well. Thanks for your energy and contribution!

  3. This is neat af! I recently started recording tutorial-style training videos for internal training. Would you be willing to share those 2 that you created?

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