Patch Names Steve Kalin Pres, COO

In the newly created role, Kalin will oversee Patch’s daily operations including editorial, sales and analytics. He will be based at the company’s New York headquarters.
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Patch, AOL’s hyperlocal news network, today named Steven Kalin president and chief operating officer.

In the newly created role, Kalin will oversee Patch’s daily operations including editorial, sales and analytics. He will be based at the company’s New York headquarters.

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“Steve brings to Patch deep and relevant online and offline operating experience and a proven track record of effectively scaling advertising and content businesses within local media companies,” Jon Brod, CEO and co-founder of Patch, said in a statement. “Patch has momentum in 2012 and with revenue up over 100% and usage up 40% versus last year, Patch is on pace to achieve 2013 run-rate profitability. Steve is a great addition to our leadership team as Patch continues to grow.”

Kalin was previously COO of radio syndicator Westwood One and president of its Metro Traffic division, the provider of traffic and local content to radio stations in the U.S.

“I live in a Patch town and I have seen first-hand how Patch is uniquely positioned to benefit from the void created by the exit of traditional media from our neighborhoods across the U.S.,” said Kalin. “I have built a career in helping to scale such organizations and I look forward to joining Jon and the team during this exciting growth phase.”

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