This story was written by Rafat Ali.
You're reading it here first: NPR's long time digital head Maria Thomas is leaving the company. She will be joining the happening e-commerce site Etsy, as the COO. The announcement was made internally today, and I confirmed it with Thomas.
Thomas was the head of digital for more than six years, and was responsible for NPR's multiple forays into digital including early jump into podcasting and developing NPR's online music efforts.
This comes a month after former CEO Ken Stern left and a new interim CEO Dennis L. Haarsager took over. "It is about an opportunity for me, and not much to do with NPR," she said. NPR will search for a replacement for a new digital head.
Etsy, based in Brooklyn, NY, was founded in 2005, and serves as a marketplace for handmade goods...it has received much attention from early adopters and earlier this year raised a big $27 million second round of in funding from Union Square Ventures, Hubert Burda Media, and Accel Partners.
By Rafat Ali