People on the Move
IBT Media names a new COO, Time Inc. shuffles sales staff, and more...
IBT Media has announced that Alvaro Palacios has been named chief operating officer. Palacios will lead operations for all parts of the business and will report to Etienne Uzac, co-founder and CEO of IBT Media.
“Alvaro comes to us with a great deal of traditional and digital media experience and we are thrilled to have him head up our operations as we continue to aggressively improve our operational rigor and global expansion,” said Uzac.
As COO, Palacios will handle the execution of all operations across the company. He’ll work with the executive team to develop annual plans, set revenue goals, manage budgets and gauge performance from each part of the business. He’ll also manage advertising operations and sales support.
Palacios joins IBT Media from Televisa Publishing + Digital where he served as head of U.S. operation. He previously held operations, finance and business development positions at companies including DLA, Inc, PRISA, Terra Networks USA, Telefonica B2B and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:
Yachting magazine recently named Kevin Koenig as executive editor. Koenig was previously at Power & Motoryacht, where he worked in various editorial roles since 2010, most recently as senior editor.
Erin Aulov has been named art director at Politico Magazine. She had been art director at National Journal.
Rachel Paula Abrahamson has been named staff editor, parenting, at Us Weekly. She had been staff writer there.
The New York Times announced that Lisa Ryan Howard is joining the company as SVP, advertising. Howard joins The Times following leadership roles at WebMD and Yahoo! where she served as EVP, chief of consumer strategy and business lead, respectively.
MarieClaire.com has announced that Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has joined the site as a contributing editor. Gates will consult on story ideas, correspond from her travels abroad, and write a regular column that speaks to the issues facing women today, both in the United States and in the developing world.
Time Inc. revealed its new sales go-to-market strategy, announcing a reorganization that silos sales teams into three major advertising categories—automotive, pharmaceuticals and technology and telecom. Mark Ellis will now serve as president and COO, sales and marketing. Ellis had been serving as SVP, corporate sales. Greg Schumann is now president, pharmaceuticals. Schumann was serving as SVP and group publisher for Time Inc.’s Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset brands.
Lastly, Brendan Ripp, son of Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, will take on the role of president of technology and telecommunications, sales and marketing division. Ripp’s most recent role at the company was serving as SVP and publishing director of the Sports Illustrated Group.
In a subsequent announcement, the company revealed that Michael Zeisser, chairman of U.S. investments for Alibaba Group, has joined Time Inc.'s board of directors.