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ODesk Corporation, a Redwood City, Calif.-based technology firm that allows companies to hire workers in the “cloud,” named Thomas Layton as executive chairman. Layton will work closely with CEO Gary Swart.
ODesk allows staffing buyers to hire independent contractors or even W-2 employees online without meeting in person. Work is done remotely by the workers, and buyers can follow the progress online.
Independent contractors working through oDesk earned $23.5 million in November, the company reported. More than 100,000 jobs were posted to the service.
Layton previously served as CEO of OpenTable, a restaurant reservation website.