Actually, Anthony, I didn’t spam your mailbox; I simply asked you to confirm this report I got from a tipster — something that I’ve since had others confirm.
Hearing chatter that Anthony Duignan-Cabrera, VP of editorial at Patch, is leaving the company. Sources say he said he told employees on the conference call he wasn’t “squeezed out” of the position, but sounds sad (is joking about drinking alcohol) and doesn’t have another job lined up.
An ex-Patch employee/tipster: “Two colleagues of mine who still work there were on the call and confirm everything you told me [I forwarded him the message above]. He also apparently cried at several points in his exit call and others had to jump in to speak for him.”
Duignan-Cabrera was promoted to vice president president, editorial in May. He joined the company in 2010, according to his resume. Two former Patch people have told me that ADC – as he’s called – warned employees that “heads would roll” if they were caught leaking to me.
UPDATE: A Patch employee sends this report:
A couple highlights from notes I took during the call, all revealed during a portion of the call that was being hosted by Leigh Zarelli Lewis, COO.
1. A deal with a partner may be reached within the next two to three weeks, though it will take another four to six weeks after that (up to two to three months) to finalize it in writing, at which point employees will be told what the partnership consists of. The potential partners (plural) will be large companies, not small local publishers. The partnerships will not be on a per-site level, but on a per-DMA level. But they may pursue smaller partnerships at a later time.
2. There seemed to be some backtracking on the edict that the company be profitable by the end of 2013. The requirement, Zarelli Lewis said, is to ensure the company is profitable for the year 2014 as a whole.
My take as an employee was disappointment in the fact that upper management would not level with us. If jobs are at risk, even if they have not yet identified those jobs, that fact should be made clear. Patch employees, especially managers in the field whose roles have expanded in recent months, often took a risk by joining the company, worked hard with far fewer resources than ever before over the course of the last several months, and deserve to know whether there will be more layoffs.
Someone at Patch HQ knows the answer to this question, and it absolutely could have been shared (or, at least, ruled out or not ruled out) in a general manner without the company breaching confidentiality with their prospective partners.