Spotify Taps Condé Nast’s Dawn Ostroff as Chief Content Officer | People on the Move
Theresa DiMasi exits Weight Watchers mag, Trusted Media Brands and Hearst create new VP roles, and more people on the move this week.
Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff is leaving her post as president and is heading to Spotify to take on the role of chief content officer. In her new position, Ostroff will lead Spotify’s content partnerships across multiple platforms including music, audio and video, and will oversee several departments in their dealings of editorial, video, creator services and content operations. Ostroff is succeeding Stefan Blom who departed in January.
Having been with CNE since its launch in 2011, Ostroff was responsible for guiding the publisher’s 19 brands as they expanded into film, television and in new aspects of digital media. Prior to Condé, she held the served as president at the CW, where she lead a primetime slate responsible for programs like “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill” and other popular titles.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Theresa DiMasi has announced her departure from her role as VP head of content and editor-in-chief of Weight Watchers, saying that it was “time for a change.” During DiMasi’s tenure with the brand, she headed content for Weight Watchers digital platforms, as well as its print magazines and books, and was responsible for creating the editorial content vision across both U.S. and international markets.
Prior to this role, DiMasi served as the founding editor-in-chief of Brides.com, and before that as managing editor of Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, Style.com, MenStyle.com, and YM.com, earning eight Webby awards within three years. Weight Watchers has not yet announced her successor.
Hearst has tapped Beth Buehler as VP of operations, a new role at the company. Buehler was one of a handful of execs to join Hearst through its acquisition of Rodale, where she had served as COO since 2016. Buehler’s initial role at Hearst was ambiguous; an announcement shortly after the Rodale acquisition was finalized stated only that she would oversee “strategic integration as the companies are brought together.”
Starting next week, Buehler will report to Hearst Corp. COO Mark Aldam, who said in a statement that “Beth’s experience leading operations and strategy across business functions will be instrumental in our efforts to colalborate more effectively … and bring more value to each of our operating teams.”
Trusted Media Brands has tapped Larry Mlawski for the new role of VP, revenue operations, starting on July 3. He will report directly to CFO Zach Friedman and will be based in New York City.
Mlawski most recently held the title of global programmatic partnerships and operations lead at Linkedin where he was responsible for guiding the process, revenue and delivery programs for the global advertising display business. Friedman says that Mlawski will bring “tremendous experience to the team, especially in his ability and knowledge of using audience based products and platforms to drive revenue growth.”
The new owners of Turf magazine, Group C Media, Inc., have announced plans to relaunch the B2B publication and have made two editorial hires in order to lead the project. Ronnie Hall is rejoining the publication in his former role of editor-at-large and Dan Ulrich was made publisher of Turf/LawnSite Network. Being reintroduced as a special supplement in the October 2018 issue of Facility Executive magazine, Turf is set for an expansion into a standalone quarterly print publication in 2019.
Hall has over three decades of experience in editorial work at green industry B2B publications, including serving as editor-at-large and editor-in-chief of Turf, and before that holding various editorial positions at Landscape Management, Lawn Care Industry and Athletic Turf.
Ulrich comes from LawnSite Network where he held the role of senior brand manager. In his new role, he will take charge of shaping the print and digital direction of Turf, as well as developing new initiatives and working with clients to provide marketing solutions.
Jada Gomez was tapped as executive editor of Bustle, where she will oversee lifestyle, books and entertainment. Starting July 9, she will report to managing editor Amanda Chan. Gomez is joining the brand from Cassius where she served as deputy editor in charge of managing daily editorial coverage of entertainment and pop culture.
Music media publisher Future has made two editorial appointments to its Guitar World and Guitar Player publications this week. Damian Fanelli was promoted to editor of Guitar World from his position as online managing editor, where he was responsible for growing the brand’s Facebook following from 68,000 to over one million in just over a year. Christopher Scapelliti is taking on the role of editor of Guitar Player, and will be responsible for revamping the magazine’s content and design by including artist features, in-depth tutorials and more exploration of guitar equipment.
The New Yorker’s Lauretta Charlton is leaving her post as assistant news editor to join the New York Times as editor of the Race/Related team, which works across departments to cover issues involving race. In her former role, Charlton helped to develop and lead features such as The Current, The New Yorker Recommends, and the Listening Booth.
Jessica Sabbath was promoted to managing editor of Virginia Business, succeeding Paula Squires who retired earlier this year. Having been with the magazine since 2006, Sabbath most recently served as senior editor and before that as special projects editor.
Steve Walsh was appointed as managing editor of CoStar, a B2B real estate news operation, this week, and will share editorial duties with Tim Trainor, who was the former leader of CoStar’s news operation until April. Walsh joins the brand from CQ Roll Call where he was a securities editor.
Bloomberg News has made several recent editorial hires to its economics team:
- Shawn Donnan is joining the team in August as a senior reporter covering world trade and globalization.
- Jenny Leonard started last month with Bloomberg as a trade reporter in Washington.
- Chang Shu is taking on the position of chief Asia economist.
- Tim Mahedy was tapped as an economist covering U.S. and Canada.
Simone Stolzoff started as a tech reporter for Quartz in San Francisco this week. He will be tasked with covering automation, tech ethics and the culture of Silicon Valley.
Bankrate.com’s chief content officer, Lou Ferrara was named chief creative and content officer of Circa.
Joe Keohane joined Medium as a features editor this week where he will edit longform features, essays and more.
Michael Cahill was appointed to head of audience for Inverse from his position of growth strategy and operations at Greatist.