Condé Nast just appointed Karthic Bala as its first chief data officer. Bala most recently served as head of data strategy where he focused on the data capabilities across Condé’s business groups. In addition to this responsibility, in his new role he will work to grow ad supported and consumer revenue streams as well as build new data-driven businesses.
“Karthic has completely transformed our data capabilities and helped build what are a market-leading set of products and offerings in our proprietary Spire platform,” says Fred Santarpia, chief digital officer of Condé Nast.
Back in January, Condé Nast acquired the data solutions firm Lighthouse Datalab, which focuses on creating value by extracting actionable insights from clients, its founder, Sriram Subramanian, and its team. At the time of the merger, Subramanian, who was named head of data science, and his staff reported to Bala.
This announcement also follows the recent 2018 expansion and success of the company’s next gen precision audience targeting platform, Spire, which has shown positive results across several categories since 2015.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Vice Media is replacing their founder and CEO, Shane Smith, with A&E Network’s president and CEO, Nancy Dubuc. This change comes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against members of the male-dominated executive team at Vice that have occurred over the past few months. Smith will be kept on at the company in a reduced role as executive chairman.
In a memo from Smith to his employees, he says that this change is a way for Vice to ensure the delivery of an equal split of men and women on their staff by 2020, “as we work to become the most progressive workplace in the world.”
After spending nearly two decades at A&E, Dubuc says she decided to make the change to Vice because “Vice speaks to a generation that defines today’s cultural conversation, and the opportunity to partner with all of the incredibly creative people across the entire company was one of those rare moments in a career.”
Meredith Corporation has named Bruce Gersh as executive VP and president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español, effective immediately. Gersh most recently served as Time, Inc.’s senior VP of strategy and business development for the People/Entertainment Weekly Network.
Reporting to Meredith Corporation CEO and president, Tom Harty, Gersh will oversee the operation of these brands’ print, digital and video content as well as brand business development, sales and marketing.
With his extensive background entertainment and media, the Emmy-award-winning media executive will also oversee the Meredith National Media Group television production.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone with Bruce’s talent and extensive experience in the entertainment industry leading these powerhouse brands,” says Harty. “People was a key driver behind Meredith’s acquisition of Time Inc., and we are delighted that Bruce has accepted this opportunity to build on its strong base and position the People brand for further growth.”
Paul Jowdy has been promoted to chief business officer and publisher of WWD and Fairchild Live, where he formerly served as WWD’s senior VP and group publisher, according to Penske Media Corp (PMC).
Jowdy will continue management of all avenues of WWD’s business operations, as well as Fairchild Media’s live experience brand, Fairchild Live. He will also continue to report to both Jay Penske, chairman and chief executive officer of PMC, and George Grobar, PMC’s chief operating officer and a board member.
“I am excited to continue to lead the WWD and Fairchild Live businesses as we grow our brands and platforms across a global stage,” says Jowdy.
Ethan Eisner was promoted to president of Reed Tech from his role as vice president and managing director. He is succeeding Sam Hardman who retired after working for 30 years at the company, 17 of which as president.
“Eisner is a proven leader with an impressive background and track record. His vision, expertise, and market understanding will build on the company’s past successes,” says Hardman.
The Cut’s news editor, Jessica Roy, was tapped as Elle.com’s new deputy editor. In this role, Roy will oversee Elle.com’s daily coverage of news, culture and politics, as well as work on features and editorial pieces. She is succeeding Sally Holmes who was recently made digital director for Marie Claire.
Richard Deitsch, a two-decade long writer/reporter at Sports Illustrated, has announced that he will be joining The Athletic. Back in February, Deitsch announced he was moving to Toronto to co-host a sports talk radio show on Sportsnet 590.
HuffPost’s Alex March is leaving her position as newsletter editor and engagement editor to join the New York Times as the opinion, newsletter editor.