Tumblr Considered Shaking Up Senior Staff With A Big Name Addition

John Maloney and David Karp, TumblrTumblr president, John Maloney, and CEO, David Karp

As user-growth continues to skyrocket, Tumblr has, in recent months, considered seriously shaking up senior management.Specifically, we’ve learned that Tumblr recently hosted former Patrick Keane for a series of senior-level job interviews.

We didn’t learn this from Keane, but a source close to him.

When we asked Keane about it, he declined to comment like a polite fellow who doesn’t kiss and tell.

Tumblr president John Maloney tells us: “We’re talking to a lot of interesting people. Patrick is an awesome guy. There were conversations but it wasn’t for a specific role.”

If you’ve heard of Keane, it’s because of his flashy career: he worked at Google in New York when not many people could say that, then he went to CBS, and then he took over Associated Content and steered it into a healthy exit.

It’s unclear what role Tumblr was looking at for Keane. 

Maloney says Karp is not about to pull a Larry Page and hire a CEO so he can focus on product. “David is turning out to be a spectacular leader” on the business side, says Maloney.

So what does it mean thatTumblr is looking at a someone like him for a senior role?

Our guess: User growth has been ridiculously strong for years now, and Karp and his board are finally buckling down to get serious about making money.

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