Meredith Corporation Announces Several Leadership Promotions

Executives named along with an editor for new Allrecipes magazine

By Michelle Manafy

Meredith Corporation has announced several promotions within its National Media Group:

Christine Guilfoyle has been promoted to VP/group publisher. As part of her expanded position, Guilfoyle (pictured, top) will add responsibility for Meredith’s newest title, Allrecipes magazine, which will be launching this fall. She will continue to lead Every Day with Rachael Ray, and EatingWell magazines and report to Tom Witschi, EVP/president, Meredith Women’s Lifestyle Group.

Guilfoyle re-joined Meredith in 2010 as Publisher of More. In 2011 she became publisher of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Prior to joining Meredith, Guilfoyle was the publisher of Women’s Wear Daily. From 2005 to 2007, Guilfoyle was the launch publisher of Every Day with Rachael Ray and was previously advertising director for Meredith’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine

Linda Fears has been named VP/editor-in-chief of Family Circle. The promotion follows her eight-year role as editor-in-chief of the brand. Fears (pictured, middle) will also continue as editorial director of Meredith’s Food Content Center of Excellence. She will also continue reporting to Jim Carr, EVP & president, Family Circle. Fears has 28 years of expertise in the magazine industry, previously serving as editor-in-chief, new business development for G+J USA; editor-in-chief of YM magazine; and deputy editor of Parents magazine. She began her publishing career at Meredith, working for 11 years at Ladies’ Home Journal, eventually becoming senior editor and lifestyle director.  

Cheryl Brown has been named editor-in-chief of the new Allrecipes magazine. Most recently, Brown (pictured) served as editorial director of Meredith’s site Brown will report to Fears, with whom she worked closely to develop the Allrecipes special interest magazine as well as the editorial design and focus for the upcoming launch of the title. Brown has a long history in the food-and-lifestyle category in both print and digital. Prior to joining Meredith, she served as editorial director of and at AOL. Previously she was managing editor at Wondertime, Disney Publishing Worldwide’s parenting/family title. Before working at Disney, she was with Gourmet magazine for almost a decade.

Britta Cleveland has been promoted to SVP, research solutions. Cleveland joined Meredith in 2004, and most recently served as VP, Research Solutions. She will continue to report to Nancy Weber, EVP/Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Meredith, Cleveland spent nearly a decade as director of U.S. advertising research at The Reader’s Digest Association. Her background also includes extensive experience with advertising and marketing agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and Foote, Cone and Belding.