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Former Netflix CFO Joins Online Ticket Service’s Board

24 May, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Barry McCarthy

When Netflix’s former CFO Barry McCarthy abruptly left the online disc rental pioneer last year, he said he was going on an extended vacation.

The 12-year Netflix CFO, who cited a need to become CEO of a company for his leaving, is apparently back ready to work — sort of.

McCarthy, who sold 100,000 shares of Netflix stock for a cool $20 million before departing, now has reportedly joined the board of upstart online ticket service Eventbrite.

He also joined the board of venture firm Technology Crossover Ventures, which was an early backer of Netflix in the late 1990s.

TechCrunch.com reported that Kevin Hartz, CEO of Eventbrite, which sold 11 million tickets in 2010, has been pursuing the outspoken McCarthy for nearly a decade.

Whether appointment to company boards that typically meet monthly leads to a CEO position remains to be seen.

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