April 16, 2014, 11:50 AM

A Groupon exec quits after less than a year

As the retailer’s vice president and general manager of home services, David Kerr sought to attract local retailers and service providers to market themselves via Groupon. He is leaving to become chief operating officer at Tinderbox, a sales automation vendor.

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David Kerr, Groupon Inc.’s vice president and general manager of home services, has left the retailer to become chief operating officer at sales automation vendor Tinderbox.

Groupon, No. 65 in the Internet Retailer 2013 Top 500 Guide, hired Kerr last October to help recruit home-related merchants and service providers, as well as auto parts sellers and auto repair shops to market themselves via Groupon. It was part of Groupon’s larger effort to create a marketplace on Groupon.com where consumers can find, schedule and purchase deals from local service providers.

Since Kerr was hired, his position and category have grown in scope as Groupon now considers home services a “channel,” says a spokesman. He notes the retailer is in the process of internally filling Kerr’s position, which reports to Robbie Schwietzer, Groupon’s senior vice president of operations a former Amazon Prime executive.

Prior to joining Groupon, Kerr worked as general manager of e-commerce for Angie’s List, an online source for reviews of contractors, doctors and other service providers, according to his LinkedIn profile.

At TinderBox, Kerr will focus on driving the company’s growth and oversee marketing. Tinderbox offers software to help automate the process of creating sales documents like proposals, contracts and presentations, then delivers them online. Its clients include e-mail marketing firm ExactTarget and Angie’s List.

Kerr is the 4-year-old vendor’s first chief operating officer.

“We are at an inflection point in our company’s growth,” says Dustin Sapp, TinderBox’s CEO. “Adding David’s managerial, developmental, sales and operational expertise will allow us to best serve our customers.”

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