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Editorial Shuffle at Hanley Wood

Top editors out as company names new ED of biggest content group.

Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon


News of an editorial shuffle at Hanley Wood continues to filter out after the departure of Bob Benz, president of content, in January.

Daniel Morrison, editorial director of the residential construction group, and Jean Dimeo, editor-in-chief of flagship magazine Builder, are out, according to multiple sources. Hanley Wood has turned to a familiar face, John McManus, to fill Morrison’s role.

A spokesman for Hanley Wood did not reply to requests for comment on the exits.

McManus returns to the position he held briefly in 2012 before he was put in charge of the company’s radar desk, a centralized editorial operation.

Back at the head of the residential construction group, McManus will oversee six titles—including Builder—and several digital properties, while continuing his duties as editorial director of the radar desk.

“Hanley Wood’s history is rooted in the residential construction market, and our readers have come to trust and respect our voice,” says Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood, in a statement. “John has been integral to the development of the relationship we have with our readers, and his leadership will advance the impact we have in the market.”

Charged with leading a transformation of Hanley Wood’s legacy media operations, Benz left earlier this month after a 2-year stay. Morrison’s tenure lasted just over a year.



Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon

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