min celebrated our Rising Stars, Most Intriguing People in Media and the Hottest Magazine Launches at a packed awards breakfast on December 3, 2015 in New York City. This year’s “30 Hottest Launches” were selected by Dr. Samir Husni, “Mr. Magazine” and honored new magazines from DO Magazine to Southern Home. Guest presenters included Beth McDonough, from Traditional Home, Mitchell Caplan from IBT Media, Jennifer Bogo from Popular Science, Jen Wilga from MediaRadar, and Steve Giannetti from Smithsonian Media.

Our premier categories honored Editor and Publisher of the Year. Catherine Cassidy from Taste of Home was chosen as Editor of the Year, and accepting the award for Publisher of the Year was Steven Grune from Allrecipes. The winner for “THE Hottest Launch of the Year” was also named and went to the well deserved, Simple Grace.

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Publisher of the Year: Steven Grune, Allrecipes
Steven Grune is the publisher at Allrecipes magazine, a magazine that has made a big splash in a very short time. One of the true web-to-print success stories, Allrecipes continues to expand its rate base. Since it launched, in fact, the magazine has grown 150% and is now distributes 1.25 million copies. While he probably won’t take all the credit for the brand’s success, his impact on Allrecipes is notable and deserves recognition.

Editor of the Year: Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home
Catherine Cassidy is editor-in-chief of Taste of Home, a title that has emerged as a powerhouse at Trusted Media Brands. Cassidy has not only strengthen the brand’s content assets as the editorial leader, but she has also helped strengthen it’s community with experiential events and educational content extensions. Most impressive is the brand’s commitment to strengthening it’s digital strategy. Over the past year, Cassidy and her team have increased mobile Web traffic by an astounding 82.7% year-over-year, and it’s digital edition subscriptions by 10% year-over-year.

Matt Bean, Time Inc.
Earlier his year, Matt Bean was named Time Inc.’s first SVP of editorial innovation, days after leaving his post as Entertainment Weekly’s editor-in-chief. Since then, he’s created the Digital Innovation Group and overseen the group’s launch of The Drive, Time Inc.’s first car brand. The unveiling of this new brand has strategic importance within the company as the template that future digital-only verticals will be built upon.

Nancy Berger Cardone, Marie Claire
As VP, publisher and CRO of Marie Claire, Nancy Berger Cardone has overseen the vast expansion of the Marie Claire brand as well as its refocusing which has resulted in younger-targeted efforts such as Marie Claire@Play and a pop-up magazine called Branché. Cardone believes Marie Claire is a perfect example of how basic assumptions about magazines are changing in today’s media environment.

Colin Bodell, Time Inc.
Time Inc.’s CTO Colin Bodell was an eight-year vet of Amazon before joining the publisher in February 2014. As we know, the old days of multimillion-dollar magazine launches are over and while the media world fetishizes digital native publishers like BuzzFeed and Vox with their tech platforms, Bodell believes that Time Inc.’s editorial legacy gives it a competitive advantage.

Andy DeAngelis, NTVB Media
TV Guide magazine was sold in October to NTVB Media, a Troy company that publishes TV listings. The future of TV Guide looks bright under the leadership of new NTVB president and CEO Andy DeAngelis who’s focusing on expanding the brand’s advertiser-friendly platforms.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic/theatlantic.com
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction this year for Between The World and Me, a memoir directed toward his teenage son, Samori, in the form of a letter.

Pat Connolly, Condé Nast
As VP of marketing solutions for Condé Nast Media Group, Pat Connolly oversees the creative, account planning, and activation groups executing client marketing programs by leveraging the resources of the Condé Nast brand portfolio. Before taking on this role, Connolly helped launch Condé Nast Ideactive, a brand content group that is now part of the broader Condé Nast marketing solutions portfolio.

Scott Dickey, TEN
In 2014, Scott Dickey brought a 25-year career of managing high-profile global businesses to TEN: The Enthusiast Network, a network of enthusiast brands, including Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. Since then, Dickey has set his sights on making the company more digital focused and appointed Scott Bailey–an Emmy Award winner for his work in advanced media technology–in March as president, automotive of TEN.

Jason Fine, Rolling Stone
Jason Fine, former editor of Men’s Journal, took over as the managing editor of Rolling Stone as part of what the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, described as a “shake-up.” In the wake of the widely condemned article on the alleged rape at the University of Virginia, Fine succeeded Will Dana, who ran Rolling Stone for a decade. Last month, the brand published an exclusive interview with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Shape
Elizabeth Goodman Artis was promoted to chief content director at Shape magazine last year. Since June 2013, she had served as executive editor. When it was announced that Meredith Corp. would be acquiring Shape from American Media Inc. earlier this year, Artis maintained her role at the brand.

Charo Henriquez, Peopleenespanol.com
Charo Henriquez was named the new executive editor of People en Español earlier this year. She is responsible for overseeing the creation and distribution of content for audiences in the U.S. and Latin America, including video and social media. Henriquez is previously from Puerto Rico where she worked in the media industry as innovation editor for GFR Media.

Lisa Hughes, The New Yorker
Lisa Hughes was named publisher, CRO of The New Yorker in February 2009. Under her tenure, she has brought The New Yorker’s sales and marketing efforts to new heights across print, digital, and live event platforms and helped the brand achieve a sustained level of profitability, including its most profitable year ever, in 2013. The New Yorker has received numerous industry accolades under Hughes’s watch.

Kim Kelleher, Wired
Kim Kelleher was named publisher, chief revenue officer of Wired in September 2014. Her career in media, marketing and advertising spans over twenty years and before Wired, Kelleher was president of Say Media, where she oversaw the company’s business strategy. Previously, she was VP and publisher of Self and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement.

Bonnie Kintzer, Trusted Media Brands
Bonnie Kintzer was running her own marketing agency in 2013 when she got a call from her old boss, Reader’s Digest Association board member Eric Schrier. He asked Kintzer, who rose up the ranks at RDA from 1998 to 2007, to come back–this time as CEO. Less than two years later, she’s brought privately-held RDA from bankruptcy to profitability.

J.T. Kostman, Time Inc.
Back in May, min reported that Time Inc. had hired JT Kostman, PhD, as SVP and chief data officer, the first role of its kind at the company. Kostman now leads a new team focused on broad data strategies aimed at better understanding consumers and their behaviors. Kostman brings with him an interesting background. Not only does he hold a PhD in psychology, but he also completed post-doctoral work at Harvard and served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, where he led a reconnaissance team.

Stephen Lacy, Meredith Corporation
In September, led by current Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy and a senior management group, Media General and Meredith were combined to create Meredith Media General. Media General acquired the company for a reported $2.4 billion and it was announced that Lacy would stay to lead the new company as president and CEO.

Margaret Low Smith, The Atlantic / AtlanticLive
Last year, Margaret Low Smith joined The Atlantic as its VP, and president of AtlanticLIVE, the organization’s events division. Smith comes to The Atlantic from NPR, where she ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its SVP of news since early 2011; she previously led all programming for NPR.

Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist
Zanny Minton Beddoes is the editor-in-chief of The Economist; the first female to hold that title. Previously, she was the business affairs editor at the brand. Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programs in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe.

Jim Oseland, Organic Life
James Oseland is editor-in-chief of Rodale’s Organic Life and a relaunch of perennial title, Organic Gardening, the first Rodale title. In this role, Oseland oversees and directs brand content across all brand platforms. He rejoined Rodale in the fall of 2014 after serving as editor-in-chief of Saveur for eight years. Under his leadership, Saveur won more than 40 national awards, including three from the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Bob Sauerberg, Condé Nast
Bob Sauerberg is president of Condé Nast and was previously group president of the company’s consumer marketing division, which he joined in 2005 as EVP. Additionally, Sauerberg held several senior leadership roles at Fairchild Fashion Media, including COO and CFO. Prior to joining Fairchild, he spent 18 years with The New York Times Company, eventually rising to CFO of its magazine group.

Lisa Valentino, Condé Nast Entertainment
Early last year, Lisa Valentino was named chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Entertainment. She is responsible for leading revenue generation for the division, including advertising and marketing solutions across the burgeoning CNÉ digital video network. Launched in the first half of 2013, the CNÉ digital video network reached over 500 million views last year. Valentino previously served as SVP, multimedia sales at ESPN.

Nancy Weber, Meredith
At Meredith, Nancy Weber develops initiatives designed to expand the company’s brands across media and special event platforms. She also launched and oversees Meredith 360°, the company’s business marketing unit. Prior to joining Meredith, Weber served as the SVP, marketing and business development for The Golf Digest Companies.

Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.
Evelyn Webster is an EVP of Time Inc., where she oversees the business operations and strategy for 26 brands. She has spearheaded a number of digital initiatives and launches, including the Time Inc. Style Network, a portfolio of products and services reaching passionate style consumers, whoever and wherever they are. She joined Time Inc. in 2011 as group president of the former Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group. Previously, she was CEO of Time Inc. UK.

Eric Zinczenko, Bonnier Corp.
Eric Zinczenko was named CEO of Bonnier Corp. in June 2015. Prior to that, he served as VP of the company. Zincsenko joined Bonnier Corp. from Time Inc. in 2007 as part of Bonnier’s original management team. Prior to his promotion, he led the Bonnier Men’s Group, which includes Popular Science, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. He was responsible for expanding the brands into a multichannel media group with licensing, events, TV and film.


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 min’s Rising Stars

Aaron Carrera, TEN: The Enthusiast Network
After a successful stint overseeing social media strategy at TEN: The Enthusiast Network, Aaron Carrera was promoted within the organization to GM of GrindTV. In just seven months, Aaron and his team launched a new desktop and mobile site and restructured the operational structure and staff for GrindTV to create a 24/7 social/mobile media model. Today, GrindTV’s YOY social traffic is up 150%.

Marleny Castaños, People en Español
Marleny Castaños has been instrumental in driving the digital and social media success of People en Espanol’s key franchises in 2015 including Los 50 Mas Bellos (The 50 Most Beautiful People). As a result of her contributions, the brand’s marketing team generated record-breaking successes, showcasing People en Espanol’s positioning within a crowded competitive environment.

Katie Christiansen, Time Inc.
Katie Christiansen is a co-founder and chair of Media Upstarts, Time Inc.’s first network and resource group aimed at fostering growth and development among the early professional demographic. Her dedication to talent acquisition has led to numerous hires, from assistants to Vice Presidents, that continue to break the mold of “traditional” media talent.

Erin Delahanty, Time Out North America
As a result of Erin Delahanty’s efforts, Time Out was named #2 boom brand on social media by Sprinklr. In April 2015, in recognition of her remarkable achievements, Delahanty was named Associate Publisher for Time Out Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, which sees her leading a team of 20 across these cities.

Jennifer DeMartino, Razorfish
Jennifer DeMartino has taken on Razorfish’s Citi acquisition account full speed, managing the bulk of programmatic programs and exceeding client goals and expectations on the business. She’s become a programmatic guru in that she truly understands the complex marketplace via robust algorithms, models, and decisioning.

Shaylyn Esposito, Smithsonian Enterprises
Shaylyn Esposito has become a design leader within Smithsonian Enterprises and has helped the brand to establish a new business, providing web and print design services to the rest of the Smithsonian Institution. She has continued to challenge herself and her talents by provided award-winning products to the brand’s business and to those divisions of the Institution.Duc Luu, Foreign Policy
Just two years out of Harvard, Duc Luu sold FP’s first major financial (HSBC) and advocacy clients (AARP) and developed an innovative new partnership with Japan. He always starts with the premise that sales partnerships should not be limited to media and in each of these sales, a large component included new services like custom research and social media consulting.

Arantxa Moreno, Bloomberg Media
Arantxa Moreno joined Bloomberg Meida in early July, shortly after the brand’s senior leadership team created the Enterprise Sales Team. As she continues to aggressively book new business and grow the foundation of Bloomberg Media’s future six-seven figure clients, Arantxa’s thoughtful dedication and tenacity has quickly placed her in a growth category of her own.

Kris-Ann Panzella, Entertainment Weekly
When Kris-Ann joined EW, she was tasked with cultivating a completely developmental list. In only a few months, her efforts started to produce impressive results breaking new accounts such as Dell Alienware and Marvel. Since then, she has broken approximately 13 new accounts, is tracking to be up across print and digital YoY, and is a major factor in the success of some of EW’s key pillars.

Kristin Pederson, Bloomberg Media
Kristin Pederson took Bloomberg’s data program, DMP, audiences and the brand new sales opportunities that she started and expanded it. She decided to use this data not just to drive new revenue and sell differently, but to also drive new ad products. Kristin worked with the brand’s data scientist to create a product called BMatch, using clients’ first party data, combined with Bloomberg data, to add extra layers of precise targeting.

Erin Phillips, Entertainment Weekly
In her first year as a seller for Entertainment Weekly, Erin Phillips has demonstrated an ability to think strategically, go after any account and listen to clients’ needs. She’s taken a developmental territory and generated sales opportunities across many of the brand’s touch points selling Print, Digital and Native campaigns. She broke two accounts alone which, combined, brought in over $1M.

Gwendolyn Rahn, Time Inc.
Under co-founder Gwendolyn Rahn’s guidance, Media Upstarts has been credited by Time Inc.’s CEO, Joe Ripp, as a pivotal factor in attracting new millennial talent. The group was also profiled by Yale University’s School of Management as a silo-busting initiative within the media industry, and will be highlighted at the 2015 FIPP World Congress.

Jill Rudnitzky, the michael alan group
After a short 2-month internship, it became abundantly clear to the C-level staff at the michael alan group that Jill Rudnizky had to be offered a full-time position. Flash forward seven years and she’s now the senior vice president of the company, overseeing the company’s largest accounts and spearheading new business efforts. In 2015, she took the company into the lucrative social influencer space.

Mill Scott, CBS Interactive Media Group
Mill Scott is a leader among her peers on the CBS Interactive team who has spearheaded growth across multiple brands while delivering best-of-breed products and services. She has created some of the most innovative programs at the company by driving collaboration between sales and product development.

Emily Simon, Foreign Policy
Within nine months of joining Foreign Policy in a sales position, Emily Simon was promoted to vice president and is now in charge of a new team at FP focused entirely on international advertising. In just two years, she has sold major campaigns to countries such as Nigeria and Russia, produced a white paper on best practices on nation branding, and launched the Nation Branding Institute.

Cassandra Skoufalos, InStyle
Cassandra Skoufalos is a co-founder of Media Upstarts. With the overwhelming support and partnership of Time Inc.’s executive management, she and her fellow Media Upstarts co-founder, Gwendolyn Rahn, have mobilized the millennial community, not only at Time Inc., but also across the media industry at large.

Karen Snyder Duke, Hearst Magazines (Redbook)
Karen Snyder Duke is Redbook’s only editor dedicated to health, and each month, she creates a 10+ page section. The Body section, edited by her, is continually the highest rated by the brand’s readers. Additionally, her “What Doctors Tell Their Friends” column has won several awards, including a 2014 min and a 2015 National Health Information Awards Silver.

Alison Sunshine, SHAPE Magazine
Ali Sunshine joined SHAPE right after college as the publisher’s assistant. It was quickly revealed that her strategic and creative mind needed to be put to better use in the marketing department. She quickly became the go-to-marketer for 360 integrated ideas and is responsible for managing two SHAPE signature events including the award winning Summer SHAPE Up.

Kyle Vinansky, Forbes Media
Kyle Vinansky joined Forbes in 2011 as an account producer, managing digital campaigns and, through several promotions, is now one of the brand’s most senior sales representatives responsible for many of Forbes’ largest accounts. He works with an incredible roster of leading global blue chip brands in the finance, technology and consulting categories. Kyle has had consistent revenue performance over the last several years and in 2015 is on track to achieve record YOY growth.

Kara Wardley, Bloomberg Media
Kara Wardley has booked 198% of the full year revenue her territory realized in 2014. That number will only continue to grow as Bloomberg Media moves into the fourth quarter. She’s one of the very first salespeople at the brand to achieve her full-year 2015 quota, having done so in May and was able to do so by increasing the spending on multiple accounts and on multiple platforms.