Rodale is ending 2015 with little holiday cheer.
Back in October, many were surprised by president Scott Schulman’s seemingly abrupt departure; a move that put chairwoman, Maria Rodale, back into the day-to-day driver’s seat. Not long after, in November the company announced it was shutting down its content marketing division, Rodale Grow. The decision reportedly cost at least six staffers their jobs, and left some clients scrambling to find a new partner. A month later, it announced it would no longer continue to publish Running Times, a brand it had owned since 2007. That decision folded some of the magazine’s assets into its larger sister brand, Runner’s World, and left an undisclosed number of staffers unemployed.
Now, the company has confirmed with Folio: sister site min that it has made more staff cuts.
Included in the layoffs are group publisher, Chris Lambiase, senior vice president, Brian O’Connell, vice president of operations, Alex Klapwald and senior vice president, Anne Alexander. The elimination of these roles and others, were made in order to reorganize the company’s structure so each brand has it’s own managing director, as well as editorial director, Mike Lafavore, overseeing each brand’s top editor.
A company spokesperson tells min the following: "The new management structure is designed to pave the way for a more responsive and focused future for Rodale."