Following the completion of the sale of Time from Meredith Corp. to Marc and Lynne Benioff, co-chairs of the magazine, Edward Felsenthal was appointed as the CEO of Time in addition to his current role of editor-in-chief. After joining the brand five years ago as the editor of Time Digital, Felsenthal led a large expansion of the brand’s digital footprint, which included establishing a 24/7 newsroom and video operation. Since then, Felsenthal was named group digital director of news and lifestyle at Time, Inc. and most recently was appointed to EIC of the magazine.
The Benioffs said in a statement that Felsenthal was selected for this role based on their expectation that he will continue with the “outstanding leadership” they’ve seen from him as EIC. “Under Edward’s leadership, the Time team has achieved strong profitability, created new products and now reaches the largest audience in its history, 100 million people around the world.”
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Condé Nast unveiled its new in-house creative agency this week, CNX—which incorporates the company’s former creative studio, 23 Stories, with the added expansion of global capabilities through Condé Nast International—and appointed John Deschner as the managing director of the division. Under Deschner, 11 creative teams that were formerly serving separate markets across the company will now operate under one umbrella.
Deschner joins Condé from TBWA/Chiat/Day LA where he served as chief innovation officer and managing director. For just under two years, Deschner was tasked with growing the company’s content and digital capabilities with a focus on driving social, and worked on developing new models for performance-based compensation, brand consultancy, and project engagements. Based in New York, he begins his new role immediately and will report directly to chief revenue and marketing officer, Pamela Drucker Mann.
Forbes announced several recent promotions including appointing Jessica Sibley to the newly created position of chief sales officer from her former role of SVP of ad sales. In this new role, Sibley will oversee an expanded staff that consists of sales, brand strategy, program services, and licensing, many of whom were also promoted and given added responsibilities this week:
- Sherry Phillips was promoted from mid-Atlantic director to SVP of LIVE.
- SVP of strategic partnerships Janett Haas is taking on the added responsibility of overseeing West Coast ad sales, in addition to leading the company’s CMO practice.
- VP of New York sales Kyle Vinansky is picking up the East Coast and Midwest regions as well, and will now have the title of VP, East and Midwest sales.
- Paul Reiss was promoted to VP and in addition to his current role of director of business development, will also tasked with helping further grow Forbes’ presence in financial services.
- VP of brand strategy Merryl Goffin is taking on the added responsibility of leading the pre-sales process, working to bring new and innovative offerings to the market.
- Brian McLeod was promoted to VP of content solutions from VP of Forbes insights.
- Newly appointed VP of the Program Services group, Claire Robinson, will be tasked with overseeing the company’s content programs.
- Doug Lopenzina was promoted to VP of content licensing,
- Abbey Smith is taking on the new role of executive director of account management and will oversee sales planners and account managers while working to ensure clients’ expectations are exceeded.
Following Nat Ives’ departure from Ad Age last week, Judann Pollack was appointed as his successor in the role of executive editor. Since joining the magazine in 1985, Pollack has held multiple titles at Ad Age, but in her new role, she will be tasked the day-to-day editorial oversight of the brand’s agency coverage, running the Women to Watch event in both the U.S. and UK, and leading the Small Agency Awards program.
Additional promotions at Ad Age include E.J. Schultz to assistant managing editor for marketing from the role of Chicago bureau chief, and Jeanine Poggi is the new senior editor for media and technology. Schultz started at the magazine in 2010 and in his new role, he will work to guide the brand marketing beats’ coverage in order to help C-suite decision-makers do their jobs better. Poggi joined the brand in 2012, but prior to that she covered the media and retail industries for TheStreet, Forbes, and Women’s Wear Daily.
Hearst tapped two new executive directors, Joyann King and Leah Chernikoff, for the Bazaar.com and Elle.com brands, respectively. King joined Bazaar.com eight years ago and has helped to bolster the brand’s digital presence across several platforms since then. Chernikoff has played a similar role at Elle since joining the site five years ago and helped to direct the reporting and photojournalism coverage of major events like the Flint water crisis.
Former features director for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Whitney Joiner, is joining the Washington Post Magazine as articles editor. While at Hearst, Joiner launched the company’s first centralized features desk and edited long-form stories for the websites of titles such as Esquire, Elle, Marie Claire, and Town & Country. She begins this new role on Nov. 26.
Variety’s executive editor, Debra Birnbaum, is departing her role for Amazon, where she will serve as director of awards. For over four years, Birnbaum led the brand’s TV team and coverage, including overseeing Variety’s annual television awards coverage, as well as moderated industry panels and led the TV Actors on Actors series. Her last day in her current post will be Nov. 23 and she starts her new job on Dec. 3.
Daniel Holloway, senior TV writer for Variety, was tapped as Birnbaum’s successor in the role of executive editor, TV and part of his responsibilities will include working on the brand’s TV podcast, “Remote Controlled.” Holloway will report directly to Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and he will begin his new role on Nov. 26.
George Packer was hired as The Atlantic’s new staff writer for the magazine and for the new Ideas and Books sections, as well as a contributor to AtlanticLIVE events. Packer has served as a staff writer for The New Yorker for the past 15 years covering subjects such as American politics, immigration in Europe, and African megacities, and has authored several books. Based out of the New York office, Packer begins this new role on Dec. 1.
Ruth Spencer was promoted to deputy editor of the Cut where she will be tasked with running the brand’s news coverage and leading feature projects, with an emphasis on covering the #MeToo movement in politics. Most recently, Spencer served as a senior editor of the site and helped to increase views by 91 percent to 10.3 million UVs in the third quarter YOY.
Charlotte magazine made four editor appointments recently including the promotion of Emma Way, who started freelancing with the magazine three years ago before moving up in the editorial ranks, to editor of the magazine. One of her upcoming tasks will include leading the brand through its 50th anniversary issue next year.
- Greg Lacour was tapped as senior editor responsible for writing and overseeing the magazine’s long-form, Buzz section and digital news pieces. He is starting full time at Charlotte after serving as a contributing editor to the magazine for five years in addition to freelancing.
- Former Charlotte freelance web editor and arts editor, Andy Smith, was promoted to director of digital content for North Carolina publications for the magazine’s parent company Morris Media Network.
- Taylor Bowler was hired as associate editor for the magazine, following 13 years freelancing for publications such as Atlanta Woman, Jezebel, and South Park Magazine.
BPA Worldwide appointed Richard Murphy as its new executive vice president. Murphy, who started at the company in 1992, most recently served as the SVP of BPA media; general manager, iCompli Tech Assurance. In his over 20 years at the company, he has aided in the launch of BPA’s iCompli business, spearheaded the transition of centralizing BPA’s offices, and helped to centralize BPA’s media audit process for efficiency. In his new role, Murphy will be tasked with figuring out the role the company should play in areas like data protection and privacy, data labeling and verification, and the use of Blockchain.
Quartz tapped Guilhem Tamisier its fourth entrepreneur in residence, who will be based in New York and will work with the company’s Marketing, Sales and Partnerships teams in order to develop new proposals and offerings for clients and agencies. Tamisier brings over two decades of experience as a creative strategist and most recently served as a freelance consultant, and before that was the managing partner, global group strategy director at MediaCom.
Chris Mannix is returning to Sports Illustrated as a senior NBA writer after serving in the same role at Yahoo! Sports for the past three years. He will be tasked with helping to develop new programming around basketball’s biggest names and influencers, and in addition to his new role, he will continue in his capacity as an NBA analyst for NBC Sports Boston and as a host for DAZN boxing, as well as continue his boxing and NBA podcasts. He will be based out of Boston.
Cristian Farias, most recently a columnist covering the intersection of law and politics for New York magazine, started on the New York Times editorial board to write on legal issues this week, temporarily filling in for Jesse Wegman while he’s on book tour.
Meredith’s sports entertainment site FanSided tapped Jason Cole as its new editor-in-chief, effective immediately. Cole will be tasked with managing content and editorial operations, as well as working closely with VP of content and strategy Patrick Allen to develop the brand’s tentpole events, The Fandom 250 and Fan of the Year. He will also collaborate with the product team to create new technologies aimed at enhancing content and user experience.
Cole brings over 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, and educator to the role, serving as an NFL beat and investigative reporter at publications like the Miami Herald, Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report. He also wrote and co-authored six books about the sports industry.
Ronan Farrow hired Lindsay Gellman as a senior researcher to focus on his upcoming HBO documentary project as well as contribute to projects for The New Yorker.
The Alliance of Area Business Publishers announced that Cate Sanderson will be its new executive director, replacing Jim Dowden who is retiring at the end of the year. With 24 years of experience in operating local publications and associations, Sanderson currently serves as the director of Sanderson Association Management. She will be in charge of thinking up new initiatives and growth opportunities for the organization, as well as day-to-day management of AABP following a transitional period through November and December with the help of Dowden.