Time Inc. has announced a shuffling of its executive structure. Effective immediately, Kurt Rao will assume the newly created position of senior vice president, technology operations, and Jen Wong, president of digital, will oversee product development and engineering. Colin Bodell, chief technology officer, and Dr. JT Kostman, chief data officer, will be leaving the company.
“Kurt has a proven record of providing vision and implementing strategic technology solutions for complex organizations. At the same time, moving product development and engineering under Jen’s oversight will expedite the advancement of our digital assets. I want to thank both Colin and JT for the contributions they have made that have enabled us to arrive at this point,” said Joe Ripp, the company’s chairman and CEO.
Rao will lead technology operations and infrastructure, supporting the company’s digital strategy and technology platforms. He joins Time Inc. from Time Warner Inc., where he was VP and corporate CIO. Previously, he served as vice president of technology at NBC Universal, and worked at Vivendi, IAC Interactive, and MTV Networks.
Wong joined the company in January from PopSugar Inc., where she led business operations, engineering and growth strategy for media and commerce. Previously, she served in many crucial executive management positions at AOL, overseeing global business operations, and AOL Huffington Post Media Group’s lifestyle portfolio of brands.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:
Barbara O’Dair has been appointed editor-in-chief of Prevention, overseeing the editorial direction across the magazine’s brand platforms. O’Dair comes to Rodale Inc. from Reader’s Digest, where she served as executive editor and helped create the brand’s digital applications.
Good Housekeeping announced that Lindsey Benoit has been named brand communication and strategic projects director, where she will develop new editorial partnership opportunities. Most recently, Benoit worked at Rodale Inc. as director of communications and special projects for Women’s Health.
John Bradley has been appointed senior vice president of media at Competitor Group, Inc., where he will oversee the overall content strategy and business operations for VeloNews, Triathlete, Competitor, and Women’s Running, as well as their respective digital properties. He will continue to serve as editor-in-chief of VeloNews.
Suzanne Wilson has been named director of sales at New Republic. Before joining the company, Wilson held senior accountant management positions at Crain’s New York Business, USA Today, and The New York Times.
Additionally, New Republic announced the promotion of Erika Velazquez Alpern to VP of marketing and communications. She joined the company last April and led the relaunch of the brand.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group named Michael Palmer as general manager, video, effective immediately. Previously, Palmer served as senior vice president of Defy Media and Clevver, a digital media brand he founded in 2006.
Saveur has named Stacy Adimando test kitchen director, effective June 6, 2016. She wrote for a variety of food, travel and lifestyle publications beforehand, including Forbes, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vogue.
The Hill has made many staff changes, including naming Johanna Derlega as publisher. Before joining the company, she worked as senior VP for National Journal. Additionally, Adam Prather was promoted from publisher to CRO, and Bill Rehkopf, Cyra Master, and Evelyn Rupert have all been named associate editors.