Twenty-years after first joining Texas Monthly, editor-in-chief Brian Sweany has been replaced as the magazine settles into new ownership under private equity firm Genesis Park.
Tim Taliaferro is now executive vice president and EIC, the magazine announced yesterday. Taliaferro joins from his role as editor-in-chief of Alcalde, the University of Texas alumni magazine. He also served as SVP of communications and digital strategy for Texas Exes, the university alumni association.
In October, Emmis Communications sold the magazine to Genesis Park for $25 million, after owning the publication for 18 years. Genesis Park is owned by Paul Hobby, now CEO of Texas Monthly.
Hobby told Folio: at the time that he loved Texas Monthly, and planned to increase its digital presence and events focus.
Texas Monthly developed quite a reputation under Sweany’s leadership. The magazine claimed eight City and Regional Magazine Awards (CRMA) for writing and design in 2016, and seven in 2015.
Sweany, who’s run the magazine since 2014, started at Texas Monthly in 1996. After a stint at competitor D Magazine, he rejoined the staff in 2005.
Scott Brown was also named to the newly created role of chief creative officer. Brown joins from his role as president and CCO at marketing firm The Company of Others. Erin Beil was also named controller, and will run accounting operations. Previously, she was controller of HotSchedules.com
"We are adding vigor and investment to a great brand," Hobby said in an email to Folio:. "Progressive change has always been part of the brand's DNA, and yesterday's announcement is the latest chapter in a very durable story."