Howard Mittman Promoted to CEO of Bleacher Report | People on the Move
Meredith creates the new role of VP of shopper marketing, Marijuana Business Daily taps a new editor-in-chief, the NYT Magazine taps Blake Wilson as its digital director and more.
Former Condé Nast exec Howard Mittman was tapped as the next CEO of Bleacher Report, succeeding Dave Finocchio, who will step down this summer, three years after re-joining the company he co-founded in 2005.
During the transition, Mittman will continue to report to Finocchio until he departs the company in June. At that point, Mittman will report to COO of Turner Sports Matt Hong, who has overseen Bleacher Report and the company’s other properties for the past six years.
Finocchio has been with B/R for over 13 years and helped to build the brand to become a top digital destination for millennial and Gen Z sports fans. “It was Dave Finocchio’s passion for identifying unmet needs of sports fans, and then delivering them the most relevant content to meet those interests, that originally drew me to Bleacher Report,” said Mittman in a statement.
Mittman joined the company in August 2017 and has been serving as both the chief revenue officer and chief marketing officer. Under his leadership, several new events and content franchises launched, including B/R x NBA All-Star, The Jump Off x Summer League and B/R Kicks Presents: The Drop Up.
Prior to joining B/R, Mittman was the chief business officer of Condé Nast’s men’s group, which includes GQ, Wired, Pitchfork and Golf Digest. Preceding his 12 years at Condé, he was the acting publisher for Popular Science and also held positions at New York magazine.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Meredith Corp. recruited Carol Campbell, executive director of sales development at Hearst, to the newly created position of vice president of shopper marketing, effective immediately. In this role, she is responsible for working across the company’s business units to leverage and accelerate shopper marketing capabilities for its portfolio of magazine brands. Based in New York, Campbell will report to Meredith Magazines President Doug Olson.
Campbell previously spent seven years at Hearst, most recently serving as its executive director of sales development. Before that, she was the CRO of PGOA Media, which published the now-defunct Hallmark magazine.
Howard Burns was tapped as Marijuana Business Daily’s new editor-in-chief, a newly created position for the company. In this role, Burns will oversee the company’s entire editorial operation, including Marijuana Business Magazine, MJBizDaily.com and the company’s factbooks and industry reports. He will report to VP and founding editor Chris Walsh.
Not a stranger to B2B journalism, Burns has spent over three decades working in the space, most recently serving as the EIC of NJBiz. Previously, he spent 18 years at The Hollywood Reporter where he served as editor for five years and editorial director for one.
The New York Times Magazine named Blake Wilson as its new digital director in an effort to improve the magazine’s digital presence. In this role, Wilson will oversee the digital production and rollout of the magazine’s stories, as well as maintain connections with the newsroom’s digital departments. Additionally, he will work closely with the magazine’s leadership team to create a new vision for its digital platform, including ideating what the look and experience of the magazine should be online.
Wilson has been with the Times for over a decade, most recently serving as a senior editor for the Culture section, where he led the digital operations and created the department’s digital growth strategy. Prior to that, he also helped to create the NYT Now mobile app. Before coming to the Times, Wilson had experience working in the magazine media industry, having started his career at The New York Review of Books and Slate.
Medical, Marketing & Media (MM&M) appointed Steve Madden as its new editor-in-chief. In this role, Madden will be tasked with directing all content creation across the brand’s platforms, including print, digital and events and will report to the magazine’s VP and editorial director Steve Barrett.
Madden most recently served as a consultant and worked with Golf Magazine to oversee its redesign, acting as the key architect and driver for the rebranding efforts. He also created and operated a content marketing program for Zagster, a bike sharing company. Prior to that, he was the chief content officer of enthusiast publisher F+W Media, and also spent 11 years at Rodale, where he oversaw the creation of the digital health platform Fitbie, and was the editor-in-chief of Bicycling Magazine.
Teen Vogue’s Michaela O’Shaughnessy left her role as social media manager to join Glamour as its new senior social media manager. Tasked with overseeing the strategy and visual storytelling across all of the magazine’s social channels, which sees a combined 16.5 million users, O’Shaughnessy’s hire reflects the brand’s initiative to adapt a digital-first mindset. She reports directly to director of audience and social Lindsay Sansone.
Bonnier Corp. named Richard Oren as its new director of licensing sales, effective immediately. In this role, he will be tasked with working to leverage the company’s portfolio of trademarks within the brand licensing industry. Oren joins the company from Getty Images, where he was a senior sales manager, and has over a decade of experience working with brand licensing. He also previously served as the director of HBO’s licensing and retail group.
Time added two contributors to its staff this week. David French, a senior writer at National Review and author of several books, will be contributing columns and essays to the magazine, and Anand Giridharadas, author and former columnist/foreign correspondent for the New York Times, is taking on the role of editor-at-large, focusing on reported features. Both had formerly contributed to past special issues of Time.
Lydia Belanger, who recently departed Wired last month, was tapped by Fortune as its new production editor. At Wired, Belanger served as its digital producer, and before that, she worked at Entrepreneur magazine as a reporter and editor.
The touring, live magazine show Pop-Up Magazine tapped John Woo as its new senior story producer. Woo joins the brand from the New York Times where he served as a senior staff editor of video and produced Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary videos.
Peter Nicholas is joining The Atlantic’s politics and national affairs reporting team as a White House correspondent. Most recently, Nicholas spent seven years in the same role at The Wall Street Journal, where he participated in half a dozen interviews with President Trump, and prior to that, he served as a staff writer and presidential campaigns reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He begins this role next month and will share the beat with Elaina Plott.
Matt Quinn announced that he is leaving his post as tech editor at Quartz after four years with the brand to join CNN Business as its senior tech editor. He will be based in San Francisco and starts his new role next month.
Politico tapped Alex Levine to run its Morning Tech newsletter, which was previously written by Cristiano Lima, who is shifting to cover Capitol Hill for Politico Pro Tech. Levine most recently worked on the New York Times’ Metro desk.
Anna Hensel is leaving her role as a reporter for VentureBeat to join Digiday where she will cover retail and ecommerce. Previously, Hensel served as an assistant editor for Inc. magazine.
Adweek hired Shoshana Wodinsky to report on the tech beat. She most recently served as an editorial intern for NBC News and before that, served in the same role at The Verge.
Paul Kelly was tapped as the first chief revenue officer for Highsnobiety. In this new role, Kelly will be responsible for overseeing the company’s brand partnerships and advertising business in the U.S. Most recently, he worked at Whistle Sports as its CRO, where he worked with the sales, brand and business development teams to connect with agencies, marketers, partners and platforms.
Former editor of both The Advocate and LGBTQNation, Dawn Ennis, is joining Outsports, an LGBTQ vertical of SB Nation, as its managing editor, a new role for the brand. In this position, Ennis will oversee editing and story development for the website’s content, and will also contribute content herself. Before joining the staff full-time, Ennis contributed as a freelancer to Outsports, in addition to Out Magazine and Into, among others.
The Washington Examiner announced the addition of seven new writers to its newsroom over the course of the next several weeks:
Cassidy Morrison, Jerry Dunleavy and Danny Jativa started as reporters on Tuesday. Morrison, who formerly served as a digital editorial intern for V Magazine, is now reporting for the Examiner‘s healthcare policy team. Dunleavy, most recently an administrative assistant for Judicial Watch, will cover the Justice Department and investigations. And former Fox News associate and Legislative aide, Jativa, is now a part of the breaking news team.
Next week, Joe Simonson, Emily Ward and Zachary Halaschak will also start as reporters. Simonson, formerly with Heat Street and the New York Post, will cover the Democratic Party. Ward, who previously was with the Conservative News Service, is joining the White House reporting team. And Halaschak, who is a former government and general assignment reporter for the Ketchikan Daily News, is also joining the breaking news team.
Finally, Larry O’Connor will start writing a weekly column at the beginning of March. Host of the WMAL/KABC talk show “The Larry O’Connor Show,” and a former columnist and associate editor for the Washington Times, O’Connor will also be tasked with helping to develop a new podcast for the Examiner.