Dice Holdings, operator of multiple niche job boards, changes leaders next week, when current CFO Michael Durney takes over as CEO and president.
Chairman, CEO and President Scot Melland steps down Sept. 30 after a dozen years in the top company jobs. He will stay on as a company director.
Both Durney and Melland have overseen the growth of well-known tech career site, Dice.com, into the eponymous public company that today owns niche sites in energy, finance, and healthcare, as well as operating ClearanceJobs.com for jobs requiring security clearances, and tech networking and collaboration site Slashdot and code sharing site SourceForge, among others.
With so much recruiting attention focused on social networking, it’s a challenging time for job boards. LinkedIn has become the darling of the recruiting industry; its stock price soaring to nearly $250 a share, while Monster struggles to keep from falling below $4 a share.
Dice, too, hasn’t been spared the fallout. It’s stock which soared above $18 two years ago, has been trading at less than half that. Yet Durney, who took on operational responsibility for some of Dice’s newest acquisition just over six months ago, is optimistic about the future of the company and job boards generally.
In a Q&A, he credits LinkedIn for helping grow online recruiting budgets, and sees Open Web as a powerful new talent search tool that will be rolling out to much of the Dice family in the coming months.
Here’s our interview with kindergarten and high school dropout (read to the end), and incoming Dice CEO Michael Durney: