As announced yesterday Tariq is stepping down as CEO of Netvibes. Tariq Krim will remain on the Board of Directors and serve as a key strategic advisor to the executive team on its creative product and strategic growth initiatives. Freddy Mini is now taking over the CEO role in Netvibes.
Since 2006, Freddy Mini has served as Netvibes Chief Operating Officer, establishing the company’s US operations and leading international business development with hundreds of major media and technology companies, such as CBS, USA Today, LeFigaro, New York Times and MIVA. As mentioned by Tariq : “Freddy has continually proven himself as an invaluable partner in building Netvibes’ core business operations and global media partnerships, His experience in establishing major online media companies and rapidly scaling operations and infrastructure for global enterprises uniquely qualifies him as the best choice to lead Netvibes next chapter of growth as we continue to accelerate as a global media distribution powerhouse for widgets.” During the past, Freddy served as Senior VP and Managing Director of CNET Networks Europe, where he was responsible for creating and building their operations to more than 200 people while exceeding all profitability goals, and CEO of Ziff-Davis France. Freddy had also led the music search engine startup musicMe, AltaVista’s worldwide marketing efforts and Lotus Development Corp’s word processing business.
Freddy will now focus the Company and the team to bring Netvibes to its next stage of growth as a global media company for the emerging widget economy. As Freddy commented “Tariq is a true visionary who not only pioneered the concept of the widget economy, but helped prove it by creating a universal widget platform that’s currently used by more than 1,000 leading media and technology companies. By painting such a compelling picture for the future of the personalized, widgetized Web, Tariq has also attracted a very large and truly international community of dedicated users.
The all team is very excited to work more closely with Freddy, whom will now visit us in Paris once a month 🙂