Jon Mandel, former chief of strategic solutions at communications company Group M, has joined VNU as CEO of its new business unit, NielsenConnect. Mandel has also served as chairman of MediaCom US, a Group M company.

Luc Hatlestad has been named senior editor of 5280:Denver’s Mile-High Magazine. He was most recently with Red Herring magazine.

Prevention has named Courtenay Smith deputy executive editor of the Rodale title. Smith was most recently at All You where she served as deputy editor.

Former National Geographic Traveler marketing director, Rosie Walker has joined Smithsonian Magazine Publishing where she will manage Smithsonian, Air & Space and MySmihtsonian magazines as marketing director.

Sara Clemence has been named the lifestyle editor of, the companion site to Condé Nast Portfolio, which is slated to launch in May of next year. Clemence was formerly the lifestyle editor at

Patricia Lippe Davis has been named associate publisher, marketing for AARP Publications. She was formerly with Hearst, where she worked for Good Housekeeping. Laurie Levitt has been named associate director of integrated marketing and merchandising for the company. She was formerly marketing director of Time Inc.’s Parenting Group.

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