Following a large number of layoffs, IBT Media has announced a restructuring of its executive management. As part of this move, Dev Pragad will assume the roles of CEO of IBT Media North America and CEO of Newsweek, in addition to retaining his position as CEO of IBT Media EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). Pragad will now be responsible for daily management in North America.
Meanwhile, Etienne Uzac, co-founder of the company and CEO, will step down to assume the role of chairman. Uzac’s CEO post will reportedly remain empty for now.
“I am keenly interested in our international network, and will work closely with Dev and the rest of our leadership team as we develop plans for leveraging our global footprint,” Uzac wrote in a staff memo.
Additionally, Dayan Candappa, who joined the company in May, will serve as editorial director for some of IBT Media’s other properties, including Medical Daily, iDigitalTimes, Fashion Times, and Latin Times. He will continue to serve as global editor-in-chief for International Business Times as well.
Marc Perton will oversee the day-to-day management of these four properties and report to Candappa. In June, the company gave Perton editorial oversight of the brands.
“We believe this restructuring will allow us to continue to expand Newsweek, while allowing Dayan and Dev to partner on the development of International Business and our other non-Newsweek brands,” Uzac concluded in the memo.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:
espnW has added Kavitha Davidson and Katie Barnes. Davidson will serve as writer and contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, while Barnes will be a writer/reporter solely for espnW. Davidson joins the company from Bloomberg View, where she was a sports columnist. Previously, Barnes served as a digital media associate with ESPN.com.
Alex Wiederin, Anton Ioukhnovets, and Maximillian Potter have all joined Esquire’s editorial staff. Wiederin will assume the role of creative director while retaining his position as executive design director for Town & Country. Ioukhnovets joins the brand as design director from Ioukhnovets Design, where he served as creative director. Finally, Potter will serve as editor at large. He has written for a number of publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, Outside, and Philadelphia.
The Atlantic has hired Adam Serwer and Siddhartha Mahanta as senior editor and associate editor, respectively. Mahanta started in the position on July 18, and previously worked for Foreign Policy. Serwer joins the brand from BuzzFeed, where he was national editor, and will begin working at The Atlantic on August 15. The Atlantic also promoted Sacha Zimmerman to features editor for TheAtlantic.com from senior editor and deputy editor for politics and policy.
Mashable has added Kerry Flynn and Maria Gallucci, both previously IBT Media staffers. Flynn joins as a business reporter, focusing on the tech industry, and Gallucci will be a science reporter. Previously, Flynn covered tech for International Business Times, while Gallucci covered the energy and environment beat for IBT.
Susan Ferber and Tammy Hobar have joined Organic Life and Prevention as associate publisher and marketing director, respectively. Most recently, Ferber served as Bicycling’s national digital advertising director, and Hobar was a digital and traditional marketing specialist for Perfect Six Marketing. Additionally, Lauren Paul has been promoted from director of communications for both brands to serve as director of public relations and partnerships.
Bloomberg View has hired Tyler Cowen as a staff columnist with a focus on economics and policy. Cowen is an author, economics professor at George Mason Unviersity, and the director of its Mercatus Center.
Thrillist has announced that Mari Uyehara will join the company as its first executive food and drink editor, responsible for overseeing all national food and drink coverage, and helping to create hyper-local food and drink coverage. Most recently, Uyehara served as senior editor at Saveur.
S&A Cherokee has hired Sara Schweiger as a staff writer covering the United States and Canadian used-car industries and the auto finance business for its Cherokee Media Group division. Previously, Schweiger worked at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette with the copy and web departments, and served as a reporter covering education.
Glen Gudino, founder and president of Applied Technology Media, has been elected to the BPA Worldwide Board of Directors. Gudino has worked in the B2B publishing industry for over 20 years.
Trend Offset Printing has hired Michael J. Halligan as its new vice president of sales, for the Texas division. In this position, Halligan will help grow the company’s business in the Southwest division and manage the sales team, as well as maintain relationships with customers.