Meredith Names Two Top Execs | People on the Move – 6.1.16
Wired and Quartz make staff changes, Snapchat announces new head of global brand partnerships, and more...
Meredith Corporation has named Melinda Lee senior vice president/general manager, video, effective immediately, and Marla Newman VP of digital sales.
In her new position, Lee will manage the brand’s nationwide video studios, including in New York, Seattle, and Des Moines. She will also develop video products, partnerships and programming to grow Meredith’s engagement and reach among millennial women.
Lee will report to Kim Martin, chief strategy officer, who said in a press release, “Melinda brings tremendous experience and skills to this position, particularly in the areas of creating large scale digital video products and distribution strategies across media brands. Her ability to attract the best talent, execute on existing and new platforms, and create highly engaging video products that appeal to a broad range of audiences, especially millennial women, makes her uniquely suited for this role.”
Most recently, Lee served as vice president, content and audience development, at Hearst Magazines International. In this role, she oversaw video and digital content initiatives across 50 international territories, 70 digital publisher brands, and 430 properties.
Meanwhile, Newman will be responsible for all aspects of Meredith Digital’s go-to-market sales strategy and execution for brand, agency, and holding company partners. She joins the company from AOL and Microsoft, where she served as global head of agency development. Previously, Newman served as SVP digital sales at Fox Sports and held leadership positions at MTV Networks and MSN.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:
Vulture and New York Magazine have announced Craig Jenkins will join the company as pop-music critic, and Jen Chaney joins as TV columnist and will also work on the Vulture TV Podcast. Jenkins previously wrote for Pitchfork, Billboard, Spin, Noisey, among other publictations. Most recently, Chaney was a freelance contributor for several publications, including the New York Times, Uproxx, Esquire, and The Dissolve.
Rebecca Bauer has been promoted to executive vice president of editorial at Remedy Health Media, where she will oversee the brand’s editorial efforts across its digital and print consumer health brands and products, and more. Bauer previously served as editorial director at Remedy.
Snapchat has announced Betsy Kenny Lack will serve as head of global brand partnerships, reporting to Imran Khan, chief strategy officer. Most recently, Lack worked at Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair for eight years, primarily helping make its Establishment List conferences profitable.
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has named Barry Fleming vice president, digital director, effective immediately. In his new position, Fleming will be responsible for the brand’s website, database, and marketing systems, as well as the liaison for the MPA digital committee and education and event development. He joins MPA from Geometry Global (WPP), where he served as director, performance analytics.
The Washington Post has named Megan H. Chan director of digital operations, effective July 11. Most recently, Chan served as director of digital products at Politico. In her new position, she will oversee the Post’s digital transformation.
The brand has also announced that Ruth Marcus will serve as deputy editorial page editor, where she will manage contributors to the op-ed pages and lead new projects, effective immediately. Most recently, Marcus covered campaign finance, the DOJ, the Supreme Court and the White House for the Post.
Wired has announced several changes to its staff lineup, naming Maria Streshinsky features editor, Richard Dorment senior editor, Nate Goldman social media manager, and Olga Monserrat senior art director, platforms. The brand has also promoted Adam Rogers from story editor to deputy editor, Caitlin Roper from senior associate editor to articles editor, and Ed Sumner from digital planning manager to associate director, audience development.
The Wall Street Journal has added Tomio Geron and Alec Davis to the subscription-based WSJ Pro. Geron will serve as a reporter for Pro’s venture capitalist team, and re-joins the company from Forbes. Davis, who previously served as managing editor of MarketWatch, joins as a news editor.
Ryan Mannion has been named chief technology officer of Hearst Autos, effective immediately. Mannion will report to Hearst Autos president Nick Matarazzo. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, head of product and technology at OZY.
Quartz has promoted Matt Quinn from deputy news editor for technology and finance to technology editor, Kabir Chibber from deputy news editor to business editor, and Thu-Huong Ha and Amy Wang from Quartz editorial fellows to reporters. Leslie Josephs has also joined the brand as a travel reporter. Most recently, Josephs was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
CNN Digital has announced Mitra Kalita will assume the role of VP of programming, where she will oversee the news & alerting, special projects, and mobile & off-platform teams. Kalita joins the company from the Los Angeles Time, where she served as managing editor.
Dana Oliver has been named beauty director of Yahoo Beauty, effective June 13. Oliver joins the brand from The Huffington Post, where she served as executive fashion and beauty editor.
Vice has named Neil Breakwell head of its London office, and Kevin Sutcliffe senior VP, TV and video programming, EMEA. Breakwell joins the brand from BBC, where he was deputy editor of BBC Newsnight. Sutcliffe previously served as Vice News’ head of news programming, Europe.