Executive Shuffles Atop Meredith National Media
Women’s publisher announces a series of promotions and expanded duties.
Following the surprising exit of Meredith National Media Group president Jack Griffin this summer to lead Time Inc. as CEO, the women’s magazine publisher has announced several executive promotions and expanded roles.
Among the promotions is executive vice president and chief brand officer Andy Sareyan who is taking on the role of president of consumer brands. Moving forward, he will oversee Ladies’ Home Journal and Family Circle, in addition to his current responsibilities for the Better Homes and Gardens, More and Parents brands, and for digital media, newsstand and brand licensing.
Meanwhile, Michael Brownstein was promoted to executive vice president and chief revenue officer and Doug Olson, who has served as EVP and director of operations and business development, will take on the added duties of overseeing Meredith’s men’s titles, production, shared services and strategic sourcing. Jeannine Shao Collins was promoted from senior vice president of Meredith 360 to executive vice president and chief innovation officer.
Other moves include: Mike Riggs was promoted to EVP and general manager, Nancy Weber was promoted to EVP and chief marketing officer, senior vice present and Des Moines editorial director/editor-in-chief Gayle Butler is taking on responsibility for Better Homes and Gardens-branded content for Meredith Special Interest Media and the Creative Collection, Jim Carr and Carey Witmer were promoted to SVPs and group publishers, Steve Levinson was promoted to vice president and group publisher, and Brendan Smyth was promoted to vice president of corporate sales.
According to former consumer magazines president Tom Harty, who took over for Griffin as group president, the moves enable the company to continue to develop and evolve Meredith’s business in “today’s highly competitive media landscape.” A Meredith spokesperson says no positions were eliminated as a result of these changes.