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MySpace Co-President Departs Just Months After Taking Over

MySpace death spiral alert: Co-president Jason Hirschhorn has announced his departure from the troubled social network.

Some brief MySpace CEO history: Jason Hirschhorn and Mike Jones took over in February from Owen Van Natta, who took over from Chris DeWolfe back in April 2009. That’s an awful lot of top-level changes in a year.

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News Corp, MySpace’s current parent company, bought MySpace for an exorbitant $580 million five years ago,
back when MySpace was still king of the social networking world, but
it’s rapidly lost ground to Facebook in the years since.  The statement from MySpace, written by Jon Miller, Chief Digital Operator of News Corp:

We fully respect Jason’s decision to leave and his personal desire to return to New York. As many people know, Jason is like family to me, and as expected, he’s done everything we asked of him and more. We’re incredibly grateful for the passion and enthusiasm he brought to the company. And as I know Jason agrees, Mike Jones has done an outstanding job leading MySpace into its next evolution and is the right person to take the reins. There are no plans to bring in additional management.

Hirschhorn confirmed the departure on Twitter, saying:

 

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Yes i am moving back to NYC. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. I believe in MySpace, its leader Jonesy and its wonderful team.

 

Hirschhorn’s co-president, Mike Jones, will assume sole presidential duties from here on out.

Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one–you’ll have to do the legwork yourself).

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Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law

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