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GoDaddy hires new SVP of digital identity

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has named Lauren Antonoff, a highly respected software industry veteran, as Senior Vice President of Digital Identity. Antonoff bolsters GoDaddy’s management team with considerable experience building easy-to-use software that helps people get their best work done.

Antonoff joins GoDaddy from Microsoft where she has been leading the SharePoint team since 2011. Antonoff spent 18 years at Microsoft in a number of leadership positions across SharePoint, Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Outlook Express for Mac. While there, she founded the Step-Up program, designed to increase the number of women in senior management roles by helping participants become stronger candidates for these roles.

“The best software companies are those that truly understand the needs of their customers and design applications that meet those needs as simply as possible,” said Antonoff. “GoDaddy already has amazing relationships with its small business customers. I can’t wait to deliver simple, fast, mobile software that will help them successfully navigate new technologies and business models.”

Antonoff will lead GoDaddy’s Digital Identity division, which is focused on enabling small businesses to create and manage all aspects of their digital identity. Most small businesses today still have a dotted and disconnected presence across the Web — from their own websites and email to social, review sites, listings, search engines and marketplaces. GoDaddy’s goal is to enable small businesses to seamlessly manage this experience, enabling them to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures.

“Lauren has been where we want to go. She has built a multi-billion dollar product line by developing seamlessly integrated product suites that are designed around the user experience,” GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving said. “Beyond her exceptional technology background, I’m excited about Lauren’s proven leadership in helping women achieve their full potential in the workplace. We’ve made solid and visible progress in this area, and Lauren’s sure to help accelerate that.”

Antonoff attended the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a dozen patents. She will be based out of the company’s San Francisco office.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S.A., GoDaddy has facilities across 14 other locations including Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa and California in the U.S.A. Globally, GoDaddy has locations in Mexico, Brazil, U.K., Canada, Netherlands, Singapore and India.


BestCompaniesAZ Hosts Women’s Career Event

BestCompaniesAZ is hosting a women’s career event on October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the GoDaddy Global Technology Center – the new state-of-the-art facility in Tempe, Arizona. Here you can meet with GoDaddy Customer Care recruiters, enjoy a tour of the new facility and explore career opportunities as an Internet Sales and Service Consultant, Billing Sales and Retention Representative and Hosting Support Consultant.

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, opened the stunning 150,000 square foot facility last week. It’s a specially-designed two-story workplace located in the sprawling ASU Research Park in Tempe. The employee-friendly amenities include a fitness area, locker rooms, yoga room, game center, indoor-climbing wall, a go-kart track, relaxation stations, a putting green, plus GoDaddy bicycles, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts, as well as a soccer field, eco-friendly features and a giant slide from the second-floor office area into a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs.

“BestCompaniesAZ is proud to support and promote GoDaddy’s growth and mission in advancing women in technology,” says Denise Gredler, CEO BestCompaniesAZ. “We invite all women who are passionate about technology and helping small businesses to come out Wednesday to the Career Event.” You’ll learn why GoDaddy’s more than 4,000 employees have voted this Arizona-headquartered company a FORTUNE Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, CareerBuilder Top Companies to Work for in Arizona and an Arizona Most Admired Company.

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving has been an advocate for women in technology throughout his professional career. One of his first moves after taking over as GoDaddy CEO last year was to hire CTO Elissa Murphy, who has since created the GoDaddy Women in Technology network, a professional development and networking program. He is also a longtime supporter of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as the Society of Women Engineers.

The BestCompaniesAZ event is free but registration is required to attend: http://bit.ly/BCAZWomensCareer


GoDaddy Opens Global Technology Center in Tempe

Ryan Companies today joined Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, GoDaddy executives, Arizona State University, government and economic development officials and local business leaders to celebrate the opening of the GoDaddy Global Technology Center at ASU Research Park.

Ryan Companies is the developer for the project and provided design/build services along with its partner, the Smith Group. The GoDaddy facility was the 9th project constructed by Ryan Companies at ASU Research Park.

“The GoDaddy Global Technology Center is exactly the type of project for which the ASU Research Park was created – to provide a best-in-class environment for knowledge-based and technology companies to innovate and for their creative employees to flourish and succeed.  We welcome GoDaddy to the Park and look forward to their interactions with our leading research faculty and entrepreneurial students,” said Dr. Morgan Olsen, President of the Board at ASU Research Park.

“We are so proud to be a part of the team that brought another outstanding project to ASU Research Park. GoDaddy has really set the bar for corporate facilities that support their workforce with this unparalleled campus,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies.

The two-story, 150,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility was built to promote the creative and collaborative spirit that GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is known for. The space includes a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs, a slide into the cafeteria area and plenty of opportunities for fitness and fun including a fitness area, locker rooms, an indoor climbing wall, a go-kart track, relaxation stations, a putting green, a yoga room, large outdoor areas, a shaded basketball and sand volleyball courts and a soccer field.

“I am thrilled to welcome GoDaddy and its employees to our city,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This corporate expansion will ultimately bring hundreds of high quality technology jobs to Tempe and continue the tremendous level of quality job growth the city has experienced in the past year.”

The new GoDaddy facility will house engineers, developers, corporate staff and small business consultants. To date, 200 employees have been hired to work in the new Global Technology Center and 250 additional people will be hired in the coming months.

“This is a killer facility. It embodies our GoDaddy spirit, which is energetic, innovative and passionate. It also supports our company culture and values to be extraordinary, own outcomes and join forces,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “We are here to help our customers succeed and it all starts at our core, with our own employees. This environment is collaborative, fun, open and stimulating – exactly what fuels creativity for our customers, helps us attract top-tier talent and gives us a competitive advantage.”


GoDaddy hires tech veteran as CEO

GoDaddy, the world’s largest registrar of Internet domain names, on Tuesday said Microsoft and Yahoo veteran Blake Irving will become its CEO on Jan. 7.

He replaces Scott Wagner, an appointee from private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts who has been serving as interim CEO since July. KKR, Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures bought Scottsdale-based GoDaddy in 2011, at which time founder Bob Parsons stepped down as CEO.

Irving worked at Microsoft Corp. from 1992 to 2007, ending up as the vice president in charge of the Windows Live online services. He joined Yahoo Inc. in 2010 as chief product officer.