Hearst Magazines has named Kristen O’Hara senior vice president and chief business officer, a new position created as part of a succession plan for longtime president, marketing and publishing director, Michael Clinton, who is retiring.
O’Hara comes from Snap Inc., parent company of Snapchat, where she briefly served as VP of global business solutions. Her background in media includes 16 years with Time Warner, where she worked as chief marketing officer leading strategies in data, media and global marketing for all business units including HBO, as well as two years as VP of marketing and sales strategy at Time Inc.
“Kristen’s experience selling across all media platforms, including print, digital, video and social, and her vast knowledge of data analytics, make her the perfect candidate to lead Hearst Magazines into the next generation,” Clinton said in a statement.
Hearst says O’Hara will work across all portfolios and brands overseeing U.S. advertising sales and marketing, as well as integrated and corporate sales, while Clinton will remain involved in retirement as an advisor to the company.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
National Geographic bolstered its editorial team, welcoming Indira Lakshmanan as senior executive editor. Lakshmanan joins from the nonprofit Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which partners with National Geographic on coverage and where she had spent the past year as executive editor. Prior to the Pulitzer Center, Lakshmanna was the first Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute, and she has spent several years as a correspondent and columnist for The Boston Globe and Bloomberg News.
“I grew up poring over National Geographic and feeling wonder and surprise at the ideas and places in its pages, and I’m so excited to help share new stories of exploration and discovery,” said Lakshmanan.
Vogue named Stuart Emmrich editor of Vogue.com, taking over for digital creative director Sally Singer, who is stepping down, according to numerous reports. Returning to New York, Emmrich brings a journalistic background to the post having served as the styles editor at The New York Times for nearly 18 years; where he and Singer worked simultaneously, she on T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Emmrich most recently worked as assistant managing editor for The Los Angeles Times for less than a year, overseeing lifestyle content.
The Atlantic hired two new editors to build out its newsroom amid a historic political news cycle. Nick Baumann steps on as politics editor and Whitney Dangerfield as senior editor for Ideas. Baumann moves from HuffPost, where he worked as senior enterprise editor. Prior to that, he was senior editor at Mother Jones and has contributed to The Economist, The Washington Monthly, and The Atlantic. Dangerfield joins from “This American Life,” where she served as the digital editor, and before that she contributed to The New York Times as senior staff editor for Opinion and Sunday Review. Both will begin in January.
G/O Media named Marnie Shure editor-in-chief of food site The Takeout, reporting to CEO Jim Spanfeller. Shure comes from The Infatuation, where she was Chicago editor. Prior to that, she was associate editor at Thud and spent seven years at The Onion, including as managing editor.
Elsewhere at G/O, Emily Alford was promoted to staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was the site’s weekend and night blogger. Gizmodo hired former Jezebel weekend editor Whitney Kimball as staff reporter and Dharna Noor was hired as a staff reporter on the brand’s Earther vertical. Noor previously worked at The Real News Network as a senior climate crisis correspondent and editor.