Elisa Benson has been named digital special projects director for the Young Women’s Network at Hearst Corp. — a new role at the company. She’ll now lead social media initiatives for the group, which includes Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Redbook.
Benson has been with Hearst Magazines since 2006, previously serving as social director for its Young Women’s Network, where she also held senior social media editor, associate editor and assistant editor roles.
She will report to Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan.com and director of editorial strategy for RedbookMag.com.
Additionally, Hearst announced that Steve Kandell has been named site director of Esquire.com. He comes from BuzzFeed, where he most recently served as executive editor.
Here are the rest of this week's people on the move…
ProPublica Illinois has named Louise Kiernan its first editor-in-chief. Kiernan, who worked at the Chicago Tribune for 18 years, comes to ProPublica's first regional project from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Lindsay Silberman has been appointed senior editor on the digital team at TownandCountryMag.com. Silberman was a freelance writer whose work appeared in WSJ, Vogue, and Departures, among others.
Condé Nast Entertainment has appointed Anthony Galloway to the role of executive producer of programming for digital video. He was most recently an executive producer at Vice Media.
Meredith has named James A. Baggett as the new garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens. He comes from Country Gardens, where he served as editor.
The Daily Beast has named Lachlan Markay its new White House reporter. Markay joins from The Washington Free Beacon, where he's worked since 2013, and made a name for himself as a conservative journalist.
John Mancini is set to oversee Quartz’s global coverage, which encompasses Quartz India, Quartz Africa, as well as offices in London and Hong Kong. For the past few years, he’s served as a senior director of digital news gathering for NBC News.
Jessica Zielke is the new GM of events for Government Executive Media Group overseeing all events operations across the Atlantic Media company’s four public sector media brands: Government Executive, Defense One, Nextgov, and Route Fifty. Zielke joins from the U.S. State Department, where she served most recently as assistant chief of protocol for ceremonials.