Story: Sometime around 1994, I ended up working as a mushroom farmhand (enokitake and shiitake) in a small mountain village called Saji in Tottori-ken (prefecture), Yazu-gun (county) .
A sorta friend of friend of my brother was seeking a foreign worker (at the time, Japan’s economy was in a “bubble” with abundant wealth and no one wanted to do the crappy jobs it turns out). They would pay my airfare and so on, I had just finished a stint hitching and drifting around Europe and before the Grateful Dead tour and thought this would be an interesting adventure.
This morning, Vancouver’s HootSuite announced that it has hired Jeanette Gibson as vice president of community.
Gibson hails from Cisco Systems, where she was the senior director of social and digital marketing, a role through which she led a team of 50 digital marketers and social innovators across digital content and site strategy, community development, social platform and innovation, customer listening, and measurement and analytics.
Now Gibson will lead HootSuite’s community team and drive strategy and global outreach for the rapidly growing communities of the social media company’s Free, Pro and Enterprise users.
“Jeanette will add tremendous value to our customers community,” says Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite. “She is a social business leader who understands how to drive widespread adoption across a global diverse organization. I am pleased to welcome her to our executive team.”
“I’m thrilled to join HootSuite at such a time of incredible growth,” says Gibson. “It was no small feat for HootSuite to create the community that’s in place today, and this gives us an amazing base of customers from which we can extend into new high growth areas of enterprise business, brand awareness, and user engagement.”
Gibson is replacing Dave Olson, who is currently on medical leave. HootSuite says that Olson will return to the company.