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min's 2012 Most Intriguing People in Media

Stephen Barr, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.

During his tenure, Stephen has revitalized two historic African-American magazines—Ebony and Jet—which together reach nearly 19 million readers to offer a direct line to the African-American consumer across all demographic channels. During his impressive publishing career, Stephen has held a number of key positions in the industry, including serving as publisher of the celebrity weekly OK! magazine and management roles at InStyle VIVMag, and Rodale Sports + Fitness Group.


Henry Blodget, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, The Business Insider

Henry is the co-founder of Business Insider, which is one of the fastest-growing business and tech news sites in the world, where he serves as CEO and editor in chief. A former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, Henry is also the host of Yahoo! Daily Ticker, a Yahoo! Finance video show viewed by several million people a month. He is often a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other networks. During his publishing career, Henry has written for Slate, Newsweek and New York and wrote the book The Wall Street Self-Defense Manual: A Consumer's Guide to Intelligent Investing.


Paul Caine, EVP, Chief Revenue Officer and Group President, Advertising, Time Inc.

As the recently-promoted Time Inc. Chief Revenue Officer, Paul is CEO Laura Lang’s point-person and top lieutenant as the publisher enters a challenging and changing 2013. Paul is responsible for all of Time Inc.'s ad sales and marketing revenues and he unites the company's groups — Style & Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports and News. We’ve recognized Paul previously, naming him to our Sales Executive Hall of Fame a few years ago… and we aren’t alone; he’s also made The Adweek 50 and Crain New York’s 40 under 40, among others.

David Colford, CRO, Hanley Wood

While there are signs of improvement, there’s no denying that the great recession has hit the building industry hard. So Hanley Wood is banking on David Colford to build growth as its Chief Revenue Officer. David comes to the role having held a number of leadership positions at major B2B media companies including Ziff Davis Enterprise, CMP Media, InfoWorld Media Group and IDG. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Operations at Geeknet Media. At Hanley Wood, David is responsible for leading aggressive top-line growth programs for the company’s building product manufacturer customer base.

Kevin Delaney, Editor- in -Chief, Quartz

With a more than 150 year history in print, all eyes were on The Atlantic when it announced it was launching a new digital-first global business brand. In January, Atlantic Media Company hired Kevin to be the editor-in-chief of Quartz, which launched in September. Coming from The Wall Street Journal, where he served as managing editor of WSJ Online, we’ll be watching Kevin to see what he makes of Quartz.


Elisabeth DeMarse, CEO & President, The Street, Inc.

Elisabeth DeMarse began her career in politics, serving on the Senate Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (aka The Watergate Committee) and then as an aide to Congressman Ed Koch, following him to City Hall when Koch became Mayor of New York City. These days, Elisabeth is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of TheStreet Inc. She was appointed as Chairman of the company's board on May 31, and in September, engineered the purchase of The Deal. During her impressive career, Elisabeth has also served as CEO of Newser.com and President and CEO of CreditCards.com.

Maya Draisin, Associate Publisher, Marketing, Wired

No one will ever accuse Maya Draisin of not being “plugged in” to the latest tech trends. As the Associate Publisher of marketing at Wired, Maya leads an all-star team tasked with bringing the brand’s ethos and aesthetic to life in ways that allow its audience to touch, feel and experience Wired for themselves. A past min Marketer of the Year, Maya will definitely be someone to watch in 2013.


Kim Kelleher, President, SAY Media

When Kim Kelleher, the former Time worldwide publisher moved to SAY Media in July to became its president, a whole lot of industry folks took a closer look at SAY Media! Prior to her time at Time, Kim served as VP and Publisher at Conde Nast’s Self and the first female publisher of Sports Illustrated. She brings her deep well of publishing experience to bear as she leads this next-generation media company.


David Kieselstein , CEO, Penton Media

The Penton Media CEO’s “rehabilitation” of the long-troubled publisher included the sale of its marketing group properties (i.e. Multichannel Merchant, Direct) to min parent Access Intelligence. He took the helm of Penton in January, coming from custom market research company TNS North America. Having served as the president of Time Inc.’s Money and Parenting magazines in the early 2000s followed by a two year stint at Dun & Bradstreet’s small business division, Kieselstein is among the few to have moved seamlessly between consumer and B2B media.

Michael Lazerow, Co-founder and CEO, Buddy Media

Michael is a serial entrepreneur who is well known as the co-founder of Buddy Media who engineered its $689 million sale to SalesForce.com in August (and made the wildly popular video about it). Early in his career, Michael founded a network of student-run newspapers, which he sold to Student Advantage. He later founded GOLF.com, which was purchased by Time Inc. These days, he holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce Marketing Cloud … and we’ll just have to await and see what he’ll start up – and sell – next.

Meredith Levien, ,Chief Revenue Officer, Forbes

Promoted to Chief Revenue officer in February of this year, Meredith served as Publisher of Forbes in 2010 and 2011 and as as Group Publisher of ForbesLife magazine and ForbesWoman when she joined the company in 2008. This steady rise in Forbes’ ranks is a result of her ad-growth acumen, in particular leading digital growth for the brand that is on track to likely overtake print this year. Before Forbes, Meredith spent eight years at the Atlantic Media Company where she was Associate Publisher and National Advertising Director.

Dottie Mattison,CEO, Prometheus

With a reputation for being a straight shooter, Dottie Mattison was named CEO of Prometheus Global Media this past July. In her new role, the former Guggenheim Partners senior managing director and Walmart executive oversees management of the company and its media properties, which is no small feat considering those entities are estimated to have revenues in the $100 million range.


Kevin O'Malley, Publisher, Elle (Hearst)

Elle and Esquire are two publications with seemingly little in common. However, both have been able to lay claim to the talents of Kevin O’Malley, the former Esquire publisher of eight years who joined Elle in 2011. As Elle’s Senior Vice president, Publisher, and Chief Revenue Officer, Kevin has overseen unprecedented success at the women’s monthly—setting consecutive monthly ad-page records for Elle from May through September. Will he keep up this pace in 2013? We will just have to wait and see.

Stephen Saunders, Managing Director, UBM deusM

No stranger to effective marketing, Stephen was honored as min’s 2010 b2b Marketer of the Year and was an early innovator of marketing-as-a-service. His company, UBM DeusM—an integrated marketing services company owned by United Business Media— is targeting the fastest growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. Stephen is a highly successful internet entrepreneur with Deus being his sixth successful startup. We look forward to seeing what he’s got up his sleeve next.


Marc Simons, West Coast Director, OMD | Ignition Factory

As West Coast Director of OMD’s Ignition Factory for over three and a half years, Marc Simons has been key to the success of the factory, which is a specialty unit of media-buying agency OMD, whose North American division was named US Media Agency of the Year by Ad Age. Among Simon’s projects is the OMD Pop journal which profiles promising startups, bands, designers, and much more. Keeping ahead of the curve is part of his business, and certainly part of how he does business.

Ken Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Central

Award-winning journalist Ken Silverstein is a man who is tuned into the energy industry. His current post is editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz Insider, a publication started by Energy Central in July 2005, has garnered critical praise and earned a worldwide following. A writer and editor for more than two decades, he has spent much of that time covering this sector, providing him with a deep perspective that he shares with readers on a daily basis at EnergyBiz.

Anthea Strategos, CEO, Outsell, Inc.

Anthea Strategos is a woman who could be described as something of a visionary. Along with Greg Chagaris, she co-founded Outsell, Inc., which is the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on the information and publishing industry. As CEO, she draws upon her deep experience in research and analytic businesses to drive product development, operations, marketing, and general management to lead all facets of the organization. Anthea is also a well-known industry advocate who writes and speaks extensively about key trends.

Dawnie Walton, Managing Editor, Essence.com

For the last 42 years, Essence has been the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African American women. Since January 2012, Dawnie Walton has led the charge online as Managing Editor of Essence.com, the web presence of Essence magazine. She comes to Essence from her role as deputy editor at Life.com and also previously served as assistant managing editor of EW.com.


Jake Ward, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Science

During his short tenure at the helm of the 140-year-old science and technology title, Jake has made Popular Science, well … more popular. The promoted-in-May editor-in-chief is the brains behind the magazine becoming a clear leader in editorial digitization. During his tenure, he rebuilt and relaunched PopSci.com for improved traffic and revenue. In all, Jake oversees the print, web and tablet products of Popular Science. An exciting and innovative 2013 is certainly in the cards for him.

Sharon Wright, Vice President of Digital Operations, Cygnus Business Media

Sharon has certainly worn many hats within Cygnus Business Media over the last 13 years. A veteran of the internationally-recognized business-to-business media company, Sharon’s roles have included Director of Web Development and Strategy - Public Safety, EProducts Manager and Senior Site Manager. Sharon recently garnered a new title as a result of all her hard work: she is one of min’s “most intriguing.” Will she be slipping on a new hat in 2013? We will be watching to find out.

David Zinczenko, former SVP and Editor-in-Chief, Men's Health (Rodale)

For the past decade, David Zinczenko has been the go-to guy for Men’s Health. This former Men’s Health Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Rodale’s Health Living Group is also the co-author of the best-selling Eat This, Not That! book series and is the Editorial Director for Women's Health magazine. Among his many credits, David also co-wrote the bestseller The Abs Diet and the recently released The Abs Diet for Women. So what’s in the cards for David in the New Year? The odds are good he’ll have a healthy future.
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