Multiplatform Publisher Changes: Adding, Departing, and Returning in the Digital Age

Multiplatform publisher Time Inc. has familiar face return in the role of senior VP; Editor-in-chief leaves Rodale; The New Republic adds digital director

While the biggest news of the last week might be Ryan Seacrest joining Kelly Ripa on the new Kelly & Ryan morning talk show, there have been many adjustments in the publishing world as well worth talking about!

We begin today with Time Inc., which is welcoming back Jay Meyer as senior VP, travel category. Talking New Media reports, “Time Inc. has announced that Jay Meyer has rejoined the company as Senior Vice President, Travel Category, responsible for overseeing sales and revenue growth for the travel business across the company’s portfolio and platforms. Most recently, Meyer consulted in the travel space with Hearst Magazines on its Airbnb Magazine, The Black Tomato travel agency and digital start-up The Venue Report following his tenure as Publisher of Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure. Meyer reports to Greg Schumann, Group President, Sales.”

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“With sales and marketing experience that spans two decades, Meyer was Vice President and Publisher of Travel + Leisure from 2012 to 2016 after serving as Vice President and Associate Publisher of Food & Wine from 2007 to 2012. Meyer joined American Express Publishing’s Corporate Sales team in 2001 as Corporate Sales Manager before moving up in the organization to become Vice President of Corporate Sales. Earlier in his career, he held several sales positions in Time Inc.’s Corporate Sales division, including New York Sales Manager, Sales Development Director and Business Development Manager.”

The next multiplatform publisher staffing change comes from a Rodale title. The Morning Call reports, “David Willey, a senior vice president of Rodale Inc. and the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine, is stepping aside, chairwoman and chief executive officer Maria Rodale confirmed on Wednesday.”

“Willey, of Bethlehem, joined the Emmaus-based publisher as editor-in-chief of Runner’s World in 2003 and oversaw an award-winning redesign of the magazine in 2004, according to the Rodale Inc. website. The magazine was nominated for 13 National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest honor, during his tenure.”

“Rodale announced numerous major personnel moves in March as it continues to implement a new organizational structure aligned with a rapidly changing media landscape.”

Our final news stop today looks at The New Republic’s hiring of a digital director. AdWeek reports, “Mindy Kay Bricker has been named digital director. She is joining TNR May 1 from Foreign Policy, where she has been executive editor, print. Before joining FP, she was editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and an online managing editor at World Affairs before that. She also worked as a freelance writer based out of Prague, doing the usual freelance things like helping launch Marie Claire Czech Republic. “I’m thrilled that Mindy is bringing her wealth of talent and experience to our digital operation,” said editor Eric Bates in a statement.”

Additionally, the multiplatform publisher also hired three other staffers and two columnists.

We wish the best to individuals in these new multiplatform publisher roles. If your publishing business is on the verge of a major transition and you’re looking for leadership on that journey, please schedule a time to speak with me. We have considerable experience with restructuring publishing teams to accommodate digital transformations, and would like to help you with this significant change.

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