The New York-based DHI Group, which owns a number of specialized recruitment verticals including Dice, has appointed Hosting founder Art Zeile as the company’s new CEO. 

Art Zeile

Art Zeile

Zeile (LinkedIn profile) takes over from Michael Durney (LinkedIn profile) who will stay on in an advisory capacity until the end of April.

Cloud computing expert Zeile started his career with the U.S. Air Force but moved on to found three technology companies: Link-VTC,  Inflow, and Hosting which delivers secure, compliant managed cloud services and open technologies. 

He’s also served on a number of technology-related boards, including the advisory board of the University of Deleware’s cybersecurity initiative.  

“Zeile has raised over $500 million in equity and debt capital and successfully delivered growth strategies for early stage companies, acquisition platforms and turnaround opportunities,” DHI Group said in a news statement.

In an article for ERE, Joel Cheesman (LinkedIn profile) points out that Zeile’s appointment comes “after a gradual decline in both growth and stock price”. DHI Group’s latest Q4 results saw a revenue decrease of 6.5 percent. 

The company has been selling off subsidiaries it no longer deems necessary for its core business in recent months. So far, RigLogix, Biospace, and Health eCareers have found new owners. In November, it was slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly contravening the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Oilpro.coma — a niche job board for the oil industry — accused Dice of using its Open Web product to illegally scrape and mine data from rival sites, under the direction DHI Group’s executive team. 

It’s worth pointing out that Oilpro’s founder David Kent was sentenced to prison in Oct. 2017 for hacking a competitor’s site and then trying to seel Oilpro to the same company. 

With all this hacking going on, it’s no wonder DHI Group chose a cybersecurity expert to lead the company going forward. Its remaining brands include Clearancejobs.com, eFinancial Careers, RigZone, and Hcareers.

Cheeseman believes the company is likely to focus on Dice, eFinancialCareers, and ClearanceJobs in the future. 

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