John Zappe

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John Zappe is contributing editor of ERE.net, and the former editor of the now closed Fordyce Letter. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. 

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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Lawsuits Claim Monster Officials Had Conflict of Interest

Two shareholder lawsuits have been filed against Monster, charging the deal to sell the company to the Dutch staffing giant Randstad “is the result of an unfair process and provides the Company’s stockholders with inadequate consideration,” in the words of one of the lawsuits. Both suits, which seek class-action status, make essentially the…

Lawsuits Claim Monster Officials Had Conflict of Interest

Two shareholder lawsuits have been filed against Monster, charging the deal to sell the company to the Dutch staffing giant Randstad “is the result of an unfair process and provides the Company’s stockholders with inadequate consideration,” in the words of one of the lawsuits. Both suits, which seek class action status, make essentially…

Two Lawsuits Seek to Halt “Unfair” Monster Sale

Two shareholder lawsuits have been filed against Monster, charging the deal to sell the company to the Dutch staffing giant Randstad “is the result of an unfair process and provides the Company’s stockholders with inadequate consideration,” in the words of one of the lawsuits. Both suits, which seek class action status, make essentially…

Monster Officials Accused of Rushing Sale to Cover Dismal Financial Report

Monster’s largest shareholder has called on other stockholders not to support the company’s sale to Randstad and said it is seeking to replace Monster’s board of directors. In a letter to Monster shareholders, Media News Group charges that “the proposed sale to Randstad at a fire sale price resulted from a rushed and…

Monster Officials Accused of Rushing Sale to Cover Dismal Financial Report

Monster’s largest shareholder has called on other stockholders not to support the company’s sale to Randstad and said it is seeking to replace Monster’s board of directors. In a letter to Monster shareholders, Media News Group charges that “the proposed sale to Randstad at a fire sale price resulted from a rushed and…

Monster Shareholder Charges Company Spurned Other Buyers

Monster’s largest shareholder has called on other stockholders not to support the company’s sale to Randstad and said it is seeking to replace Monster’s board of directors. In a letter to Monster shareholders, Media News Group charges that “the proposed sale to Randstad at a fire sale price resulted from a rushed and…

CareerBuilder Put in Play By Its Broadcast Owner

When Monster announced a few weeks ago that it was being bought by Randstad, the only surprises were the buyer and the price, $429 million. But this morning’s announcement that CareerBuilder is in play was a surprise. “It’s stunning,” said Peter Zollman, founding principal of AIM Group, a global consulting group to the…

CareerBuilder Put in Play By Its Broadcast Owner

When Monster announced a few weeks ago that it was being bought by Randstad, the only surprises were the buyer and the price, $429 million. But this morning’s announcement that CareerBuilder is in play was a surprise. “It’s stunning,” said Peter Zollman, founding principal of AIM Group, a global consulting group to the…

What Selling CareerBuilder Means to the Job Board Industry

When Monster announced a few weeks ago that it was being bought by Randstad, the only surprises were the buyer and the price, $429 million. But this morning’s announcement that CareerBuilder is in play was a surprise. “It’s stunning,” said Peter Zollman, founding principal of AIM Group, a global consulting group to the…

Monster to Shareholders: Sale Opponent is Reckless, Inaccurate

When Monster’s largest shareholder last week tore into the planned sale of the company calling the price “selling at the bottom,” the response was an official “no comment.” Today, Monster fired back. In an open letter to shareholders, Tim Yates, Monster’s CEO and CFO and a company director, called last week’s detailed challenge…

Monster Calls Opposition to Company Sale “Reckless”

When Monster’s largest shareholder last week tore into the planned sale of the company calling the price “selling at the bottom,” the response was an official “no comment.” Today, Monster fired back. In an open letter to shareholders, Tim Yates, Monster’s CEO and CFO and a company director, called last week’s detailed challenge…

Monster Sale Challenged By Newspaper Owner

One of the nation’s largest newspaper companies and reportedly Monster’s  largest shareholder said it is opposed to the $429 million sale of the recruiting services firm to Randstad, which was announced two weeks ago, and urged other stockholders to do the same. “As Monster’s largest shareholder based on publicly available information, MNG believes…

Monster’s Largest Shareholder Will Fight Company Sale

One of the nation’s largest newspaper companies and reportedly Monster’s  largest shareholder said it is opposed to the $429 million sale of the recruiting services firm to Randstad, which was announced two weeks ago, and urged other stockholders to do the same. “As Monster’s largest shareholder based on publicly available information, MNG believes…

Why Monster Failed

The news broke overnight that the Dutch staffing giant Randstad bought Monster, paying $3.40 a share equating to $429 million for the once industry-leading career site. That’s a 23% premium over Monster’s close Monday at $2.77. Probably not at all coincidentally, the announcement came just hours before Monster’s second quarter financials were released….