Bluehost Names Mike Olson CEO as Former CEO Leads Endurance Mobile Initiative

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UPDATE, Jan. 12, 4 pm ET: This story has been updated to include a comment from Bluehost on its updated employee benefits program.

Bluehost has named Mike Olson CEO and SVP at its parent company, Endurance International Group, as previous CEO Dan Handy has taken a role leading an “enterprise-wide mobile initiative” within EIG.

“Mobile is a passion for Dan and very important to us,” an EIG spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to the WHIR. “We are thrilled about his expanded role here and his deep understanding of our customers to help us develop innovative new products.”

According to EIG, Olson has more than 20 years of operations experience, as well as experience in online businesses, customer support, sales, and brand development.

Olson has been working with Bluehost as CEO since November 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.

“2015 will be an exciting year for both Bluehost and Endurance as we add new products and features that will enhance the success of our customers and our business,” Olson said in his LinkedIn description of his role at Bluehost.

Bluehost CEO Mike Olson via LinkedIn

Bluehost CEO Mike Olson via LinkedIn

Prior to Bluehost, Olson founded RUL2 Investment, a Denver-based consultancy focused on providing support for owners and service providers in hospitality, large retail, MDU and other commercial institutions.

Previously, Olson was a VP at DIRECTV, and held executive roles at Verilink Corporation, Convergent Communications, and U S WEST (currently CenturyLink).

“Though Endurance International Group, the parent company of Bluehost I will have access to great teams and outstanding leaders,” Olson said on LinkedIn. “I am looking forward to the great new opportunities I will have to mentor such great people and build this industry changing team.”

Not everyone is so optimistic about the change in leadership. A WebHostingTalk thread on Friday initiated by an alleged Bluehost employee asked whether anyone was aware that Olson was the new CEO. He also alleged that since Bluehost was acquired by Endurance International Group, employees aren’t “treated like [they] used to be” and “benefits are being taken away.”

Bluehost said that this is not the case. According to an email from a Bluehost spokeswoman, “Since acquiring Bluehost, Endurance has worked to enhance the benefits packages offered to employees including implementing a 401K matching program, a company-paid disability program, and increased company-paid life insurance benefits. Endurance has also grown Bluehost from a company of around 250 to nearly 700 employees. We are proud of the enhancements we’ve made and the additional benefits we’re able to provide to Bluehost employees as part of the Endurance family.”

In October, EIG unveiled plans to hire as many as 300 new employees at its Burlington, Mass. headquarters.

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