Catherine Levene has been tapped as chief strategy officer at Meredith Corporation.
Starting Jan. 14, Levene will report to president and CEO Tom Harty and will be tasked with advising him and other senior executives on where to lead the company’s strategic direction, particularly with the goal of growing its digital lifestyle portfolio. She will also work closely with chief development officer John Zieser on potential opportunities for mergers and acquisitions.
Levene joins Meredith after serving as a consultant and advisor for private companies over the past two years. She also served as a board member for Purch, and until last year, she was with Cat Perkins Shoes, which she co-founded in 2013. Currently, she is on the board of directors for Business.com and is an advisory board member of theSkimm. She was formerly on the boards for Rent the Runway and TheFind.
In 2011, Levene co-founded Artspace, an online marketplace for contemporary art, where she served as CEO for five years. While there, she helped to grow the company’s vision and strategy in order to better position it for sale, and in 2014, it was acquired by publishing house Phaidon.
“Her experience in digital media, eCommerce, and M&A are ideal for this position,” said Harty in a statement. “Catherine is innovative and has a proven track record of strong leadership and achievement. I am looking forward to Catherine’s counsel and having her as part of the senior leadership team as we position Meredith for organic revenue growth.”
Levene began her career at the New York Times, working in its magazines division, before joining Firefly, an internet startup, and later Showtime Networks. After a few years, Levene returned to the Times for over seven years as its VP of product, business development and strategy. She also held the role of COO and general manager of DailyCandy for just over two years.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Texas Monthly tapped Dan Goodgame as its new editor-in-chief, starting on Jan. 28. Goodgame is taking over for interim EIC Rich Oppel, who stepped into that role in May of last year following the reassignment of former EIC, Tim Taliaferro, to chief innovation officer. In his new position, Goodgame will be tasked with overseeing and growing the publication across all of its platforms, including audio and live events.
Goodgame, who most recently served as the VP for executive communications at the San Antonio-based tech company Rackspace, has an extensive editorial leadership background, having served as the EIC of Fortune Small Business magazine and FSB.com, and prior to that, as a White House correspondent, Washington bureau chief and assistant managing editor at Time magazine over the course of two decades.
Hearst announced business-side changes at several of its magazines this week. On the editorial side, Leah Wyar Romito, chief beauty director of the Hearst Beauty Group—a role spanning 12 titles including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Town & Country and Women’s Health—has resigned after nearly 10 years and is headed to Dotdash, where she will serve as general manager of Byrdie and MyDomaine, a digital beauty brand and a women’s lifestyle property, respectfully, that were purchased from Clique Brands this week in an effort to expand Dotdash into the lifestyle and beauty spaces.
Prior to joining Hearst in 2009 as the beauty director for Cosmo, Wyar Romito had previously served as beauty director for Meredith’s Fitness Magazine, and before that, spent four years at Condé Nast’s Self magazine in various beauty editorial roles.
Whembley Sewell was appointed as the new executive editor of Them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ brand. Sewell, who was most recently the channel manager for Teen Vogue, will be tasked with overseeing all of brand’s editorial content across its platforms. While at Teen Vogue, she was responsible for maintaining the brand’s overall content and audience development strategy, and leading its platform programming strategy.
Before coming to Condé Nast, Sewell was a social media editor at Hearst, where she managed programming strategy across Seventeen’s platforms, and prior to that, she supported social media and digital content strategy at Refinery29.
In addition to Catherine Levene’s appointment mentioned above, Meredith Corp. promoted Will Roth to VP, head of content and strategy at The Foundry, the in-house creative studio the company absorbed through its acquisition of Time Inc. last year. A 2016 Folio: “Rising Star,” Roth first arrived at Time Inc. in 2015 and spent two years as The Foundry’s director of brand innovation prior to the company’s acquisition by Meredith.
“Will’s accomplished record and wealth of content marketing and business development experience make him the ideal choice for this important role,” said Matt Peterson, senior VP of The Foundry and strategic content at Meredith, to whom Roth will report. “Under his leadership, The Foundry has and will continue to provide best-in-class content solutions to Meredith clients across our verticals.”
Cooper Hefner announced that he is taking on the role of chief of global partnerships for Playboy Enterprises. Hefner, son of the late company founder Hugh Hefner, had served as chief creative officer since 2016 and said that in his new role, he will be “focusing on revenue and business development over content and media management.”
Working Mother Media named two vice presidents for its new Culture@Work initiative, which launched this week as a service provider for companies, aimed at cultivating talent engagement and innovation in the workplace. Ripa Rashid and Dr. Laura Sherbin were tapped to lead and help launch this division and will report to president of Working Mother Media Subha Barry, effective immediately.
Both Rashid and Dr. Sherbin were most recently with the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), Rashid having served as co-president, and Dr. Sherbin having held several positions with the organization, including co-president, chief financial officer and director of research. Prior to the CTI, Rashid served as a management consultant for Booz & Company, PwC and Mitchell Madison Group, as well as held senior positions at MetLife and Time Warner.
Former Hearst VP and Condé Nast director Ross Clark was named the new CEO of Sanctuary, a digital media company focused on astrology and the mystical service market. In his new role, Clark will be tasked with leading long term strategy, business development, product, distribution, revenue and marketplace positioning, as well as guiding the company through its next stage of development.
The founder and CEO of Pitchfork, Ryan Schreiber, who relinquished his editorial oversight to the newly appointed editor-in-chief Puja Patel in October of last year, has officially stepped down from Pitchfork’s parent company Condé Nast, where he had been serving in a strategic advisory role over the past few months.
Autonomous Media hired a new executive editor for Inside Unmanned Systems and Inside GNSS magazines. Abe Peck, who is currently serving as the director of Business to Business Communications at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, will take on the additional duties of leading and growing content initiatives for the magazines, including the GenIUS and Signals newsletters and webinars.
Peck has decades of experience editing and consulting several B2B and consumer publications, such as Outside, MSNBC, Rolling Stone, Travel Weekly and Folio:, and was recently a co-editor of “Medill on Media Engagement.”
Tamara El Waylly and Rey Mashayekhi are joining Fortune magazine as editor of the commentary section and as a reporter covering finance, respectively. El Waylly was most recently with the Asahi Shimbun, a national newspaper of Japan, where she spent over three years reporting on the United Nations from its headquarters. And Mashayekhi is joining the magazine from the Commercial Observer where he covered the New York commercial real estate market.
Booth Moore was named the new executive editor, West Coast for WWD from her role as style and fashion news director at The Hollywood Reporter. Reporting to editorial director James Fallon, Moore will be based out of Penske Media Corp.’s Los Angeles headquarters and will be tasked with growing the coverage of fashion, retail and culture spaces, in addition to creating features on the fashion industry. While at The Hollywood Reporter, Moore helped to launch the brand’s Style vertical and before that, served as the first fashion critic for the Los Angeles Times for 18 years.
Elsewhere at PMC:
- Sourcing Journal named Vicki M. Young as its new executive financial reporter. Young was most recently a senior editor, financial at WWD.
- Fleur Burlet was tapped as a Paris correspondent for WWD from her role as a style journalist for Les Inrockuptibles.
- Former SEO reporter at Fox News, Zoe Szathmary, was named associate digital editor at WWD.
- And Layla Ilchi, an editorial assistant at WWD, was promoted to trending news reporter.
FiscalNote, the technology and media company that purchased CQ Roll Call from The Economist last year, tapped Josh Resnik as its chief content officer and SVP/publisher of CQ Roll Call. Resnik, who was most recently with Spree Commerce as its COO, general counsel and board member, will be tasked with overseeing the company’s publishing teams, while working to increase and expand coverage in new areas. He will also be responsible for strategizing how to better produce, distribute and monetize content, and leading all content licensing and distribution partnerships.
Leah Fessler announced on Twitter that this is her last week at Quartz, where she served as a reporter covering gender, relationships and management, and the intersection of sex and technology. In her post, she said that her next project will involve “building something new” with Pierre Valade, a former Microsoft design director and the former CEO and founder of Sunrise Calendar.
Slate’s Jamelle Bouie is leaving his position as chief political correspondent to join the New York Times Opinion section as a columnist. Starting on Jan. 21, Bouie will continue to be based out of Charlottesville, Va. and will also continue on as a CBS News political analyst.
David Browne, who has served as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone for over a decade, has officially joined the magazine as a full-time staffer in the role of senior writer. Browne also spent eight years as a contributing editor to Men’s Journal, and prior to Rolling Stone, he held the role of music critic/features writer for Entertainment Weekly from 1990 to 2006.
The founding editor of Politico Pro, Tim Grieve, announced that he was hired by Politico’s publisher, Robert Allbritton, to lead a new media company not tied to politics.
Politico’s Rachael Bade is leaving her role as a Congress reporter to join The Washington Post’s national politics team, where she will continue to cover Congress. Bade has been with Politico since 2012 when she joined as a tax reporter, and is also a CNN political analyst. She begins her new role on March 4.
Politico Albany health care reporter Nick Niedzwiadek is changing roles to become co-author of New York Playbook alongside Laura Nahmias. Niedzwiadek has been with Politico since 2016, when he joined its Albany bureau to cover state legislature before being promoted to the health care beat in 2017.
Austin Karp was promoted to the role of managing editor digital for the Sports Business Journal from his role as assistant managing editor at the Sports Business Daily this week, according to a report by Talking Biz News. In this role, Karp will work to develop newsletters for the vertical and oversee other editorial duties.
Texas Monthly senior editor Abby Johnston is leaving her position to join PBS program “Frontline” as its new digital editor.
Former VP of digital video at National Geographic, James Williams is joining “PBS NewsHour” as its new executive director of digital strategy. Most recently, Williams founded digital video strategy company DVSGO, and prior to that was at National Geographic for three years. He also spent several years at Discovery Communications from 2006 to 2014, holding various roles from lead video producer of Discovery News to executive producer of Animalist for Discovery Digital Media.