John Boland was named the new VP of national corporate sales for Trusted Media Brands, effective immediately. Reporting directly to chief revenue officer Zach Friedman, Boland will be based out of the company’s New York City offices.
Most recently, Boland held the title of SVP of Fine Cooking Media, where he lead the strategic direction and oversight of Fine Cooking Magazine, Finecooking.com and Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking on Public Television, and while in his role, Fine Cooking saw a 300-percent increase in advertising revenue across its print, digital and broadcast platforms.
Prior to this, he held several other senior management roles within the media industry, including serving as the associate publisher of Redbook, associate publisher of Food Network Magazine, and publisher of Backpacker and Expedia Travels Magazine.
“With more than two decades of experience, John is a respected leader in the industry. He has a reputation for creating powerful consumer activation programs for clients that are creative and effective. I know he will be an asset to our brands and our customers as we continue to build on our multi-channel growth initiatives,” said Friedman in a statement.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Samantha Walker and Gabriella de Givenchy recently announced their departures from W magazine. Walker, who most recently served as senior market editor, had been with W since 2012 and previously served as its accessories and men’s market editor. de Givenchy, who was the magazine’s jewelry editor, is leaving after over two years in her role.
Vanity Fair’s Maya Kosoff announced that she is departing the magazine after three years to pursue something new in 2019, according to a Twitter post. Kosoff, who most recently served as a reporter, had been with Business Insider prior to Vanity Fair, as an editorial intern, and then as a technology reporter.
Jeff Joseph was tapped as the new president and CEO of The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), succeeding Ken Wasch, who founded the trade association 35 years ago and is retiring at the end of this month. Joseph, who most recently founded and led Starlight Public Affairs, will begin this new role on Jan. 3.
The Atlantic made several new appointments this week, including Michael Owen to the role of deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. Owen is joining the brand’s digital team from the New York Times where he ran the news team that was responsible for digital presentation, programming, and audience strategies. Starting in late January, he will work to develop new strategies for higher quality and higher impact expressions of journalism, while also working with senior editors on to integrate more visuals and data into daily coverage.
Additionally, The Atlantic is expanding its publishing design team with the hires of Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday to the roles of creative director and senior art director, respectively. Mendelsund will bring his 15 years of experience designing book covers as the associate art director at Knopf to his new position, where he will be tasked with leading the design process for the magazine and its cover each month. He will also oversee the design execution across its editorial platforms, including TheAtlantic.com, video, podcasts and newsletters.
And Munday, who also worked alongside Mendelsund as an art director at Knopf, will be tasked with leading the art teams for both the magazine and TheAtlantic.com. Both he and Mendelsund have previously consulted on the design for recent issues of The Atlantic, and are behind the covers for the October, November, and December 2018 issues, and the current January/February 2019 issue, “Why Are We So Angry?” They will start their new roles in February.
Dance Media, publisher of titles like Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe, Dance Teacher and Dance Retailer News, tapped Joanna Harp as its next publisher and chief revenue officer. In this role, Harp will be tasked with leading all aspects of growth for the brands’ digital evolution, including developing new branded products, such as a series of video-based engagement sites featuring dancer-led content.
Harp joins Dance Media from Econsultancy, where she served as its head of U.S. sales, and has held several other executive positions at Haymarket, DC Comics, Crain Communications and others. For over eight years, she had served as the VP and group publisher at Lifestyle Media, and helped to launch the Pointe and PilatesStyle brands, and will be working on Pointe once again in this new role.
Forbes announced two promotions within its ForbesWomen vertical and a hire to its Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) vertical. Maggie McGrath, who most recently served on the Consumables beat, was promoted to associate editor to oversee all editorial for ForbesWomen and will work closely with EVP of Forbes Media Moira Forbes. Chloe Sorvino was tapped to succeed McGrath’s old role from her position as a staff writer.
And Ruth Umoh was hired to the D+I group as its first full-time writer for that beat. Umoh was most recently with CNBC, where she served as a reporter on their leadership desk and prior to that, she was a producer at Rolling Stone.
Talking Biz News reported that the VP of the Women’s Digital Network, Christina Vuleta, who oversees editorial content at ForbesWomen, and deputy editor of ForbesWomen Ruthie Ackerman, are both leaving the magazine.
Rebecca Davis is joining Variety’s team of international writers as its new China Bureau chief, and will report to international editor Henry Chu. Most recently a reporter for Agence France-Presse, Davis will be based out of Beijing, and will cover the Chinese entertainment scene.
Crain Communications Inc announced several recent executive appointments to its city and regional publications in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and New York, including tapping KC Crain as publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business in addition to his current role as president and chief operating officer of Crain Communications.
- Lisa Rudy, who currently serves as the director of sales for Crain’s Detroit Business and Crain’s Cleveland Business, was named associate publisher for both titles.
- The custom publishing director for Crain’s Detroit Business, Kristin Bull, will take on the additional responsibilities of content strategy for Crain events in Detroit.
- Frank Sennett, director of custom publishing and digital strategy for Crain’s Chicago Business, was tapped as director of digital products and strategy for all four city titles.
At ComScore, Brittany Slattery was tapped as its new global head of marketing. Most recently, Slattery served as the VP of communications at Huge, a digital marketing agency, and will use this experience to oversee all aspects of global marketing for ComScore, in addition to leading the team responsible for product marketing, events, marketing operations, regional marketing, and communications. Reporting to president Sarah Hofstetter, she will also work with the product and commercial organizations to fuel growth of the business, while also distilling the vision and strategy externally and internally in a way that brings clarity to the industry at large.
Danielle Abril started at Fortune magazine this month as its new San Francisco-based tech reporter. Most recently, Abril founded DigiNews DFW, a technology, startup and business news site, in September, and prior to that, she served as the managing editor of D CEO magazine.
SB Nation’s Tyler Tynes announced that he is departing his role as staff writer to join the Ringer where he will cover the intersection of race, politics and sports, as well as launch a podcast.
Bustle’s Alexandra Svokos has left her position as news editor to join ABC News digital in the same role. Svokos had been with Bustle Digital Group since 2017, after it acquired Elite Daily, where she had served as senior news editor from 2015 to 2018.
Bloomberg’s Amanda Cowie is leaving her role as head of business & strategy communications to join Squarespace as its head of communications.
Politico made two additions to its Capitol Hill team. Andrew Desiderio, who was most recently with The Daily Beast and Melanie Zanona, who was with The Hill, are joining as congressional reporters.
Ashley C. Ford was tapped as BuzzFeed News’ new host for interview show, “Profile.”