Lisa Granatstein and Stephanie Paterik are taking on new editorial co-leadership roles at Adweek, as editor, senior vice president of programming and executive editor, respectively. Granatstein will be tasked with leading event programming and the magazine, and Paterik will be responsible for overseeing newsroom operations and editorial strategy.
Granatstein started at Adweek in 2011 as the managing editor, before moving into the role of editor and VP of content and events. During that time, she helped to bolster the tentpole events Brandweek, the Women Trailblazers Council and the Elevate series. Paterik joined the brand in 2015 and most recently served as the managing editor, where she oversaw an editorial staff of over 40 and helped to grow the newsroom’s digital properties while integrating the print and digital staffs.
Both are taking over editorial direction from James Cooper, who served as editorial director since 2011 and has been with the company for over 21 years. He is moving into the new position of editor-at-large and from this new role, Cooper will assist with special projects under the direction of CEO Jeff Litvack and will help with the transition of leadership, but will be able to pursue other opportunities outside of the company. Both Granatstein and Paterik will report to Litvack.
“Adweek is fortunate to have executives like Stephanie and Lisa to take on the mantle of guiding Adweek’s editorial,” said Litvack in a statement. “As part of Adweek’s editorial board, they have guided our coverage and programming to new heights, most recently leading Adweek to be selected as a Webby honoree, and I couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter of Adweek under their leadership.”
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Anthony Licata, who departed Bonnier Corp. last week after almost 22 years with the company, was named the first editor-in-chief of hunting and lifestyle brand MeatEater. Most recently, Licata served as the editorial director of the Bonnier Lifestyle Group, which housed the Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Saveur, Popular Science, American Photo and Popular Photography brands. He also was editor-in-chief of hunting and fishing magazine Field & Stream and started at the company in 1997 as its deputy editor. Joe Brown was tapped to succeed Licata in the similar role of VP, editorial director.
Based in Montana, Licata will be tasked with leading the editorial team of the year-old digital brand in covering hunting, fishing, conservation and wild foods. He will also be tasked with helping to grow current platforms, including the Netflix Original series “MeatEater,” and four podcasts, as well as establish new platforms.
InStyle tapped Agnes Chapski, president of Sandow’s NewBeauty magazine and marketing services shop Beauty Engine, as its new VP and publisher, effective immediately. Chapski joined Sandow just under two years ago and since then, she helped to transform the 14-year-old brand into a multiplatform publisher and developed new lines of revenue.
At InStyle, Chapski will be tasked with creating new revenue streams and will report to Meredith president Doug Olson. Prior to Sandow, she spent 17 years at Condé Nast, most recently as the publisher and chief revenue officer of Allure from 2008 to 2017. She started at Condé in 2000 as the associate publisher of Lucky Magazine and later Vanity Fair.
Following two executive appointments last week, Paul Maidment was named the new editor-in-chief of G/O Media, Inc.–formerly Gizmodo Media Group–where he will lead the editorial oversight of the company’s properties, including Splinter, Gizmodo and Jezebel.
Most recently the director of analysis and managing editor at the international consulting firm Oxford Analytica, Maidment also has previous experience leading media brands, including serving as the editor-in-chief of Forbes.com and later Forbes from 2001 to 2010, where he worked with G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller. He also was the founding editor of the Financial Times’ website in 1995.
Dallas-based D Magazine Partners appointed Ernie Cote as the new publisher of business-oriented offshoot D CEO as well as the company’s business media group titles–which includes the D CEO Healthcare and D CEO Real Estate verticals. Cote also will oversee DRC Publications, a division that produces business magazines like the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review, Dallas Economic Development Guide and Dallas Relocation + Newcomer Guide in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Previously, Cote was the CEO of chemical and pharmaceutical trade publishing company ChemicalInfo, and in August 2018, he oversaw the sale of the company to IQVIA Holdings Inc. Prior to that, he was president of digital agency Vertical Nerve and he currently serves on the board of directors for Copper Mobile, CalcuQuote and SmartLight Analytics.
Fabiola Cineas was promoted from business editor to senior editor of Philadelphia magazine. In this new role, Cineas will oversee the launch of a new business vertical that focuses exclusively on the region’s growing life sciences industry. She has been with the magazine since 2016.
Trusted Media Brands tapped Ion Mateescu for the newly created position of VP, digital data strategy, effective immediately. Reporting to chief digital officer Vince Errico, Mateescu will be responsible for leading the digital data strategy and helping to drive the company’s digital business initiatives around ad sales, programmatic and product development.
He most recently was the head of analytics and data science for Thomson Reuters and prior to that, he spent three years at Condé Nast as the director of data science, where he built the infrastructure that became known in the marketplace as Spire.
GQ named Vanity Fair’s Eric Leffler as its new VP of video. Leffler, who will be tasked with overseeing the brand’s video operations and platform, most recently served as VF’s executive producer since 2016. While there, he led the magazine’s video strategy, including initiatives surrounding major tentpole events including the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, the New Establishment Summit and activations at both the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Prior to Condé, Leffler spent a decade as a news producer for CNN and MSNBC.
Bloomberg Media tapped Anthony DeMaio as its new U.S. head of sales, effective May 20th. In this new role, DeMaio will be based in New York and will oversee the U.S.-based practice leads as they work to transformation of the Media group. He joins the company from the Washington Post, where he has served as the VP of global sales since August 2015 and helped to double digital revenue, while also growing print advertising revenue and an events business. Prior to The Post, he served as the publisher of Slate.
Teen Vogue announced new editorial appointments this week:
- Tahirah Hairston is the new fashion and beauty features director, where she leads the magazine’s style coverage. She previously was the deputy editor at Lenny Letter.
- Danielle Kwateng-Clark was named culture & entertainment director, effective immediately. She joins from Vice’s Broadly, where she was senior culture editor and curated editorial stories around television, film and pop culture news.
- Bianca Nieves is the new commerce editor. Previously, she covered the fashion and beauty markets, and produced news stories and features for outlets including Refinery29, The Cut and Glamour.
- And Christine Davitt will move to the role of senior social media manager from Vanity Fair, where she was the social media manager.
Former Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca, who departed the magazine after five years as EIC and seven with the brand in April 2018, has launched her new project through Medium, an online publication and consulting business aimed at black women called The Editor-in-Chief by Vanessa De Luca.
Fast Company tapped Julia Herbst as a staff editor for its Work Life section. Herbst was most recently at Breaker Mag, a publication covering blockchain that is shuttering at the end of this month, where she served as a staff writer. She also previously was an editorial coordinator and associate editor at Los Angeles Magazine.
Paul Smalera is leaving his position as executive editor of Fast Company after a year for Medium, where he will serve as the executive editor of digital and edit its new business magazine. Before Fast Company, Smalera wrote for Quartz, the New York Times, Reuters and Fortune.
Ben Widdicombe started at Town & Country magazine as a contributing editor this week. According to the New York Post, he will focus on covering the convergence of privilege and power, and will continue to produce his “No Regrets” column for the New York Times.
Midwest Home magazine promoted Anna Bjorlin to the role of senior editor and hired Katelyn Bloomquist as a new associate editor this week. Bjorlin has been with parent company Greenspring Media for a year and before that, she held a variety of editorial roles at Palm Beach Media Group, where she worked on different local and regional lifestyle publications. Recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bloomquist has previously contributed to Midwest Home and other titles in Greenspring Media’s portfolio.
Dana Elfin is joining Industry Dive as a senior editor for its MedTech Dive and HealthCare Dive brands. She comes from Bloomberg Media, where she spent 23 years, most recently serving as a senior legal reporter for Bloomberg Law.
Industry Dive’s Gavin Bade is leaving his position as a senior reporter for Utility Dive to join Politico Pro’s energy team, where he will cover the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission beat.
Chavie Lieber announced that she is leaving Vox Media after nearly six years to join Business of Fashion as its tech correspondent. She most recently was a senior reporter for The Goods, Vox’s section of shopping and money. Her work as also appeared in New York Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Forward and others.
HuffPost senior reporter Ashley Feinberg announced that she is leaving the site less than two years after joining. Though she has not yet announced her next move, she says that she will be taking time to work on some projects. Prior to HuffPost, Feinberg was a senior editor at Wired, and before that, she spent almost five years at Gawker Media, which later turned into Gizmodo Media Group.