Hearst Magazines has appointed Michelle Spinale to the newly created position of vice president of consumer engagement, effective July 11. Spinale will report to Michael Clinton, president and marketing and publishing director, and senior vice president of consumer marketing Liberta Abbondante.
Spinale will be responsible for leading strategic partnerships and promotions for the company’s 21 brands, both in print and digitally, as well as implementing marketing programs to drive engagement.
“Michelle has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, and a track record of developing engaging programs that drive revenue as well as audience loyalty and excitement. She will build on what we’ve established and find new relationships that will benefit our brands and our audience,” Clinton said in a statement.
Most recently, Spinale served as principal of The Spinale Group, where she provided brand analysis, strategic planning, and integrated marketing solutions for clients across the entertainment, health and wellness, financial, and other industries. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing at Health Magazine/Health.com and vice president of marketing and brand development at Sunset Magazine/Sunset.com at Time Inc. from 2012 to 2015. Spinale has also worked extensively in film and television.
“Michelle is a creative thinker with a results-oriented attitude—the perfect combination for this role. With her background in film and television, she will bring fresh ideas and perspective to our dynamic marketing team, and we’re looking forward to continuing to innovate in this space,” said Abbondante in a press release.
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