We are excited to share the news of two recent additions to the Patch community, Leigh Zarelli Lewis, who will join us as our new Head of Strategy and Business Development, and Jim Lipuma, who joins the team as our Head of U.S. Sales.

Leigh brings to Patch over 20 years of experience in media, strategy consulting and corporate development and an impressive career in digital product development and management. She most recently served as Vice President of Emerging Businesses at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, Leigh worked at IAC in Interactive Development where she founded Gifts.com, and oversaw its consumer operations, including merchandising, content and user experience. At Patch, Leigh will lead the strategy and business development functions, focusing on strategic partnerships and new revenue initiatives.

Jim brings more than 25 years of scaled, local sales and management experience to Patch. Jim recently served as Chief Sales Officer at Restaurant.com as well as Vice President of Sales at Monster.com, where he led the Central Enterprise Sales Division. Jim began his career at R.H. Donnelley where he led a comprehensive, top-performing local sales force. At Patch, Jim will lead our U.S. Sales team, continuing to serve our local, regional and national advertisers with innovative marketing solutions.

As Patch continues to grow with new partners and advertisers, the additions of Leigh and Jim couldn't have come at a better time. Our path forward is clear, as we strive to make Patch the best site to learn about – and engage in – the communities that impact your life.

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