It took a little while, but Digg finally has a new head of PR. The company has hired Michele Husak, who previously held the same job at Pandora, the streaming music recommendation engine. According to her LinkedIn profile, she started the job last month, but they’re just announcing it now.
Husak takes the official title of Director of PR, which is the same position vacated in November by Kiersten Hollars, when she stepped down as Digg’s Director of Communications. Hollars left Digg to re-join her former boss, Brad Garlinghouse who is now helping to re-build AOL. Hollars and Garlinghouse both left Yahoo around the same time in 2008, which is when she went to Digg.
Aside from Pandora, where she has been for almost four years, Husak has worked for Shopping.com as well as Jupiter Research. She also experience handling various roles in different areas of entertainment, apparently. Digg has recently been doing more video work with its Digg Dialoggs, which are interviews with various prominent people in different industries. It also appears to have trademarked the name DiggTV late last year, which currently is an area of the site that houses all their videos. Regardless of that, the company will be in definite need of some PR guidance soon as they gear up to launch a more realtime experience for the site.
Husak may need a bit of time to get up and running with Digg, it looks like she signed up for the service just prior to landing her new gig.
Update: And here’s another reason a PR person with entertainment experience is good for Digg: They’ve just launched a new Golden Globes project/section.