RBI Taps Smith as CEO
By Dylan Stableford
Reed Business Information
, publisher of over 100 b-to-b titles including Variety and Publishers Weekly today announced the appointment of Tad Smith to CEO, succeeding Jim Casella, who moves to the company’s vice chairman post after four years at the helm.
“There is still plenty of room for development and growth, especially in the electronic realm,” Smith said in a statement announcing the appointment. “That will be my top priority.”
Smith joined RBI in 2000, when it was called Cahners, as president of its Internet operations. He was quickly promoted to president of the RBI’s media division, overseeing for print and electronic franchises for Variety, Daily Variety, Video Business, Publishers Weekly, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, among others, and grew revenues by 14 percent (to $250 million in 2004). He was also in charge of Marketcast, the movie market research firm, which tripled in size in four years. In January, Smith was promoted to executive vice president of RBI with the added responsibility for Reed Construction Data and RSMeans.
Smith will report to London-based Reed Business CEO Gerard van de Aast as well as join the Reed Business management board.
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