Pitchfork Taps Puja Patel as New EIC | People on the Move
Longtime InStyle editor announces her departure, Meredith appointed a new VP of brand licensing, and more.
Puja Patel has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of Pitchfork. Starting on Oct. 15, Patel will take the lead in defining the editorial vision of the publication and Ryan Schreiber, who founded the brand in 1996 and remained at the helm following Condé Nast’s acquisition of the title in 2015, will remain on in a strategic advisory role and will also contribute to special projects, events and business opportunities for the brand.
Patel joins Pitchfork from Spin where she also served as its editor-in-chief. In her five years at the brand, she rose in the ranks from associate editor to the top editorial role, and focused on reorienting the brand to have a priority on digital, as well as strengthen the brand’s focus on reporting.
“As a devoted reader of the publication for over a decade, I’ve long admired the site’s thoughtful, in-depth writing and clear commitment to discovery and taste,” said Patel in a statement. “Ryan has built Pitchfork into a special place for music obsessives with wide-ranging curiosity.”
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Meredith Corp. tapped Steven Grune as its VP of brand licensing. In his new role, Grune will oversee all of the company’s licensing activities, which spans 60 partnerships and 12 Meredith brands, and will report to consumer products president Tom Witschi. Grune currently serves as the VP & group publisher of the Meredith Parents Network and was the founding publisher of Allrecipes magazine, as well as held leadership roles at Parents, Midwest Living and Better Homes & Gardens.
Terese Herbig was named president of EnsembleIQ’s The Path to Purchase Institute. Herbig will be tasked with driving the growth of the institute’s community through events and professional development services. She will also continue upholding her existing responsibilities as president of EnsembleIQ’s consultancy platform, Enterprise Solutions. Herbig has over three decades of experience and joined EnsembleIQ in 2014.
Longtime InStyle editor, Kahlana Barfield Brown, announced on Instagram that she is departing the magazine after over a decade working for the brand. Currently serving as the fashion and beauty editor-at-large, Brown has served in various roles at the publication, starting as an intern, and has made several television and event appearances as an expert on fashion and beauty.
The recently appointed editor of The New York Review of Books, Ian Buruma, is out following backlash of the magazine’s publication of an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, a Canadian radio broadcaster who was accused and acquitted of sexual assault and battery in 2016.
Buruma took over as editor of the magazine following the death of its founder and longtime editor Robert Silvers in 2017, but had contributed to the publication as a writer since 1985. It is unclear if Buruma stepped down or was dismissed from the publication following his decision to stand by the controversial essay.
Popular Mechanics announced that it’s combining its print and digital staffs for the first time since it launched its digital platform and current print editor-in-chief Ryan D’Agostino will have editorial oversight of both operations. Andrew Moseman, who is currently the brand’s digital director, will still serve in that capacity, but will report directly to D’Agostino.
Time magazine announced several hires and promotions just two days before its sale earlier this week to Marc and Lynne Benioff. In a memo to his staff, Time editor Edward Felsenthal introduced the seven new hires, as well as shared seven additional promotions and new assignments at the brand.
Included among the hires is Judy Berman, who will take on the role of television critic, and two new associate audience engagement editors, Annabel Gutterman and Kat Moon. Other appointments include:
- Tomi Omololu-Lange as an associate producer of enterprise and immersive experiences on Mia Tramz’s team.
- Mark Hokoda as a returning copy editor.
- Gina Martinez is taking on the role of reporter on the News desk.
- Abhishyant Kidangoor will be an associate producer in Hong Kong.
Anny Kim was promoted to copy chief, and Feliz Solomon was appointed to senior editor in the Hong Kong bureau. Other internal moves include:
- Charlie Campbell to East Asia correspondent.
- Joseph Hincks was promoted to a Middle East correspondent.
- Jamie Ducharme is moving to the Health team as a staff writer.
- Abigail Abrams is also taking on the role of staff writer.
- Abby Vesoulis is joining Time’s D.C. bureau as a reporter.
Executive editor at Time, Matt Vella, was tapped by Polestar, a developer of electric performance cars for Volvo, to oversee its global media relations.
Bauer Media Group promoted Natja Rieber to head of group external communications earlier this month. Rieber joined the company in 2016 as its brand PR manager for the local German Communications Department, and in her new role, she will be focus on developing a global external communications strategy for the company with an emphasis on both employer branding and supporting its businesses. She will report directly to the head of group communications, Arnd Wagner.
Bauer Media Group also tapped Tina Gräf as its new head of group internal communications and she will also report to Wagner. In this role, Gräf will work to establish an internal and leadership communications processes in order to build a transparent flow of information throughout the company. Most recently she worked as an independent consultant.
Deborah Skolnik and Katelin Walling were promoted at Davler Media’s parenting division, NYMetroParents, this week. Skolnik, who most recently held the title of editorial director, was appointed as the director of content and Walling was tapped as her successor. In Skolnik’s new capacity as director of content for the division’s eight magazines and its digital platforms, she will be tasked with the expansion of Davler’s parenting properties, in both the areas of print and digital. Walling most recently served as deputy editor for NY.
New York Media expanded both its Intelligencer site and its Books coverage this week with a series of new hires, including Boris Kachka as books editor across all of the company’s brands and the addition of several new contributors to that horizontal.
At Intelligencer, which was launched this week as a stand-alone new politics, business, technology, media and innovation vertical, Josh Barro was hired as a business columnist, Zak Cheney-Rice was tapped as a writer covering race and identity, and Sarah Jones was also hired as a writer, covering progressive politics and policy, to help grow the site.
In an effort to grow its strategy, marketing and original content departments, Cornerstone and The Fader have made several editorial and company hires this week.
- Lawrence Burney was appointed as The Fader’s new senior editor. He founded the True Laurels blog in 2011 and later expanded the brand to include a zine and a weekly talk show.
- Lauren Levy is also joining the brand as a senior writer. She comes from New York magazine where she wrote for the Strategist section on trends and cultural movements.
- The new senior integrated strategist is Warren Seuradge, who was recently the creative strategist at Sid Lee and The Washington Post.
- Felipe Ferreira is taking on the role of creative director and joins Cornerstone/The Fader.
- Anicée Gaddis was tapped as a senior writer and has had her previous work published in Vogue and Victory, among others.
- Chloe Campion is taking on the role of senior video producer and will work to develop and lead original video projects for editorial.
- Shauna Alexander is the new director, East Coast brand partnerships. She recently led brand partnerships for music and tech festival Moogfest.
The new director of West Coast brand partnerships is Brittany Oldham. She has experience working with brand partnerships and sales at music media companies like Spin Media and Pitchfork.
- And finally, Shariah McKenzie joined as the new integrated marketing strategy coordinator, from Def Jam where she was brand partnerships coordinator.
Quartz tapped Sam Grobart as its new editor for premium journalism. He joins the brand from CNN where he was the executive editor for technology coverage, and prior to that, Grobart held two roles simultaneously at Bloomberg Businessweek, as both senior correspondent and managing editor of Bloomberg digital videos. He started this past Monday in the New York office.
Condé Nast Traveler articles editor Paul Brady is leaving the brand to join Skift as an editorial strategist. This follows about a month after the announcement that the U.S. and the UK versions of the magazine are combining at the start of next year.
Annie Karni, who most recently served as a politics reporter covering the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Trump White House for Politico, is joining the New York Times in November as its new White House correspondent.
Kate Spellman is joining Questex in the newly created role of chief marketing officer. More on that here.