LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, today announced that Amit Kapur has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of MySpace.
In this role, Kapur will be responsible for spearheading the development and implementation of all global business operations for MySpace’s more than 110 million users worldwide. He will also oversee the growth and expansion of MySpace partnerships across the upcoming Developer Platform and popular features including MySpace Mobile and MySpaceIM with Skype.
“Amit has been a key player in our business strategy since day one and he has pioneered some of the company’s most exciting and innovative ventures,” said MySpace’s CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe. “He has the kind of insightful, out-of-the-box strategic thinking that has allowed MySpace to maintain its position as a global leader in social networking and his passion is completely infectious.”
Kapur, 26, joined MySpace in 2005 as the company’s first business developer hire. In this early role, Kapur led the advance of the MySpace Mobile product through solidifying landmark partnerships with AT&T (then Cingular) and Helio. Kapur was also responsible for numerous business expansion initiatives such as company’s initial globalization strategy and deal negotiations across various partners.
In 2006, Kapur was promoted to Vice President of Business Development where he was integral to key business relationships and deals for MySpace including the landmark monetization deal with Google, the strategic product partnership with Skype (http://www.myspace.com/myspaceim) to create a new instant messenger client, and the company’s first music licensing pact with Sony BMG.
“In only four years MySpace has become the largest and most dynamic social platform in the world,” said Chief Operating Officer for MySpace, Amit Kapur. “This is a critical year in the evolution of the Internet and we’ll be at the forefront—driving innovation and creating forwarding-thinking business models that foster a more personal, portable, and collaborative Web.”
Before joining MySpace, Kapur worked in the strategic planning and business development group at NBC-Universal.
Kapur received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page views (a), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace’s international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) (NYSE:NWS.A) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV).
(a) Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, December 2007. For more information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com.