University of California, Riverside


Past Speaker: Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen

January 15, 2009

Eric Christensen, the executive vice president for finance for MySpace, discussed the boom of social networking and the challenges facing companies like MySpace.

About Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen is the executive president of finance for MySpace, responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis, budgeting, and operational controls at the social networking company. Eric joined the company in 2005 as senior vice president of finance at parent company Fox Interactive Media to assist in the formation of the NewsCorp division with particular focus on integrating a series of major acquisitions made during the 2005–2007 timeframe (e.g. Intermix/MySpace, IGN, Photobucket, etc.).

Prior to Fox Interactive Media, Eric was the vice president/general manager of Belo Interactive, the online subsidiary of Belo Corp, with full responsibility for the websites associated with Belo’s newspapers, TV stations, and regional cable news outlets. Included in this portfolio was, the website of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Past experience also includes owning a highly successful advertising agency in Dallas and 10 years with various PepsiCo divisions, mainly in the restaurant business subsequently spun off from PepsiCo as Yum! Brands. Eric began his career at American Airlines after receiving his MBA from UC Berkeley. Throughout his career, Eric has been keenly interested in issues of scale at rapidly growing, dynamic businesses.

Eric is a California native and proud alumnus of UC Riverside (where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics), with fond memories of dorm life at Aberdeen-Inverness and his participation on UCR’s track team. Eric set a school record in the hammer throw while at UCR. Eric currently works in Beverly Hills and lives in Oak Park (eastern Ventura County) with his wife and twin sons.

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