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May 1, 2008 12:06 PM

Manager in Microsoft Windows Live jumping to online classifieds startup Oodle

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Kevin Doerr, a Microsoft general manager in Windows Live, is leaving for a San Mateo, Calif., classified advertising startup called Oodle.

Doerr, according to a news release from Oodle and his LinkedIn page, held a significant leadership position in one of Microsoft's most competitive businesses: online services.

Oodle says he "led the Microsoft Windows Live Web Communications group, which includes Windows Live, Hotmail, Calendar, Contacts and other services."

His LinkedIn page says he had "full responsibility for product development, deployment and live site operations for Web-based e-mail, calendar, contacts, messenger and 3rd party development platform services. Manage[d] team of ~180 developers, testers, program management and designers."

However, Directions on Microsoft, in its latest independent organization chart, places him as a general manager in Roz Ho's new premium mobile experiences group. I've got a call into Microsoft to confirm his position and whether a replacement has been named.

(Update, 3 p.m.: From a Microsoft spokeswoman, "Kevin's role was split into a triad consisting of Product Management, Development and Test leads. Right now those individuals are PM: Dick Craddick; Dev: Phil Smoot; and Test: Suresh Babu. This transition took place several months ago.")

Oodle looks like a Craigslist competitor (and, by extension, maybe another a newspaper killer, though it has partnerships with several newspaper companies). Doerr is a senior vice president at the company, responsible for the Oodle Network.

More on him and the company, from the press release:

"Doerr will lead Oodle's partner network and drive both distribution and advertiser relationships. Oodle powers classifieds for leading media companies, portals and social networking sites on the Web, offering a great consumer experience and unmatched monetization. While it is free to post a listing through Oodle, local advertisers can pay to feature their listings across the Oodle Network, driving significantly more leads. Over five million unique users visit the Oodle Network each month."

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