Penton Media has named Beverly C. Chell and William T. Kerr to its board of directors, increasing the board size to seven members. Chell also serves on the board of directors of Primedia Inc., the company she co-founded in 1989, and Kerr is chairman of Meredith Corporation, after serving as CEO of the company.
Laurel Skillman has been named director or marketing at Dwell. She was most recently associate vice president/director of marketing at CNET networks in San Francisco.
Alison Brown has been named senior program manager for Rodale’s sports marketing & events. Brown joins Rodale from Active Marketing Group where she served as account manager and held an account manager position for Rodale prior to Active, specifically for Bicycling magazine.
Hearst Magazines has hired Laura C. Reid to serve as vice president of manufacturing and production. She replaces Jerry D’Elia who will retire at the end of the year after 26 years with the company.
Smithsonian Magazine has named Suzanne Grossman to the position of account manager. She was most recently an account executive at Zagat Survey.
Penton Media has appointed John Sweeney to editor-in-chief of Business Finance magazine. Sweeney comes from Kennedy Information where he served as editor-in-chief of the company’s Magazine Media Group since 2003 and was editor-in-chief of Consulting Magazine for four years.
Stefanie Silver has been named creative director of marketing at Better Homes and Gardens. She most recently served as creative director at Ladies’ Home Journal.
Guideposts has named Richard V. Hopple president and CEO of the media company. He will be succeeding John Temple, who has served as Guideposts CEO since 1991 and will retire on June 1.
Advanstar’s Medical Economics has promoted Leslie Kane to editor-in-chief.