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Bob Krakoff is Remembered

Bob Krakoff, most recently CEO of Nielsen Business Media, was very well-known throughout the industry as a top manager at Cahners/Reed, Advanstar, and then VNU/Nielsen (please visit BTOBONLINE.COM for a more thorough discussion of Bob Krakoff's career by Matt Schwartz). Countless editors, publishers, and other B2B media executives have his…

Remembering Robert ("Pete") Petersen (1926-2007)...

He lived in Beverly Hills, but we'll bet he was happiest on the San Diego Freeway or anywhere he could drive his favorite cars. For the man born Robert Einar Petersen turned his passion into the Petersen Publishing magazine empire that began in 1948 with the launch of Hot Rod…

Eric Shanfelt to Leave Penton

The news that Eric Shanfelt, senior vice president of e-media at Penton, will be leaving the company, effective March 30 was not a total surprise.  Shanfelt made the announcement himself on his eMedia Strategist Blog (EMEDIASTRATEGIST.COM).  According to the posting, Shanfelt will be starting two businesses that he has been…

Outgoing Premier Ed-in-Chief Peter Herbst Did a Yeoman's Job

He first caught our attention on November 1, 1993, when--as interim New York magazine editor (in between Ed Kosner and Kurt Andersen)--Herbst ran a brilliant cover story on a brooding Mogul in a Mess Barry Diller. Mess was the apt descriptive for Premiere in September 2001 when Hachette Filipacchi Media…

Cygnus Hires CGO, J. Thomas Gensch

Cygnus Business Media, a company that went through a lot in 2006, including a failed sale attempt by its private equity owners, ABRY Partners (min's b2b of 8/14), has appointed a new CGO (chief growth officer), J. Thomas Gensch. Gensch, who will report to Carr Davis, CEO, will be responsible…

Schmidt Fills Gap At HW

Andreas Schmidt, previously a vice president of marketing at AOL, will head up the electronic component of the newly reorganized Hanley Wood media business division. Mitch Rouda left Hanley Wood's e-media division very quietly in early September as HW was in the middle of this company-wide reorganization (min's b2b of…

Casella Quick To Move On

Ex-Reed CEO On To New 'Ventures' At the beginning of February, Reed Business Information announced the retirement of vice chairman Jim Casella (min's b2b of 2/5) who was moved into that position in late 2005 after a four-year stint as CEO. On March 1, Casella will announce that he is…

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Tim Russell Is Meredith Video Studios as Senior Managing Director of Sales

Tim Russell, with a television sales background that includes top positions at Comcast, TV Guide Network, CNN and the Tennis Channel, joined Meredith Corp. Video Studios as senior managing director of sales on Jan. 21. The unit produces custom video for television, Web social and mobile applications as well as…

Almost From the Moment that She Left "Reader's Digest," DENISE FAVORULE HAS BEEN GETTING REQUESTS FOR HER RÉSUMÉ.

She, thus far, is the sole "odd woman [or man] out" of Reader's Digest Association in the  restructuring that president/ceo Mary Berner began to initiate in her second week at the helm.  No fault of Favorule's, whom the ancien RDA regime recruited from Rodale last September to be senior vp/group…

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Andrea Bennett Is Vegas Editor-in-Chief

Andrea Bennett, a Las Vegas watcher for nearly a decade and a full-time resident since 2011, was hired as Vegas editor-in-chief on Aug. 19 by the monthly's publisher Josef Vann and Niche Media Holdings LLC managing partner Jane Greenspun Gale. Bennett's specialties are luxury and travel, which match Vegas, and…