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Monster Faces String of Departures by Key Executives

Prominent Monster Worldwide executive Neal Bruce has left the job board company for recruiting software provider First Advantage, a move that comes amid reports of other significant departures from Monster.

April 14, 2008
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Prominent Monster Worldwide executive Neal Bruce has left the job board company for recruiting software provider First Advantage, a move that comes amid other significant departures from Monster.

Bruce worked at Monster from August 2003 until this month, according to his profile on professional networking site LinkedIn. Most recently he was vice president of Monster’s global innovation group.

He began his new job as senior vice president of product management at First Advantage on April 7, said Paige Vesuvio, vice president of marketing in First Advantage’s employer services unit. Vesuvio said Bruce will focus on talent acquisition products.

Bruce could not be reached immediately for comment.

Vesuvio said Monday, April 14, that Bruce left Monster on good terms, and that First Advantage and Monster continue to have a business partnership.

“It was amicable all around,” Vesuvio said.

Monster, which has weathered turbulent times over the past two years or so, including a stock options scandal and a major data breach, has weathered other significant departures in recent months.

The company announced this month that Philip R. Lochner Jr. resigned from its board of directors. And in January, Monster said that Steve Pogorzelski stepped down from his role as executive vice president for global sales and customer development. At the time, Monster said Pogorzelski would remain with the company in an advisory capacity over the following three months.

Last week, recruiting industry blogger Joel Cheesman wrote that a reliable source told him that sales representative Bonnie Lieberman has resigned from Monster. Cheesman also said he’d learned that Brian Corey, area vice president of sales, left the company.

Monster spokesman Steve Sylven said by e-mail that the company does not comment on personnel matters with the exception of company officers. Monster said in a public filing that Lochner’s resignation “did not involve any disagreement on any matter relating to the company’s operations, policies or practices.”

—Ed Frauenheim

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