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The New Recruits: July 1, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hearst Men’s Group (Car and Driver, Esquire, Popular Mechanics and Road & Track) announced that Jana Gale is the new executive creative director, group marketing. Most recently, Gale was senior creative director, advertising at The Lucky Group Inc. where she oversaw the Creative Services art department, creative budgets, workload, and schedules at Lucky Magazine.

Pacific Standard has announced the hiring of Taylor Le and Ted Scheinman

Le joins the title as creative director and was previously a freelance art director at Time Inc. in New York, where she designed special edition magazine covers and book covers for such titles as People, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and Time-Life.

Scheinman joins as senior editor; his essays and reporting have appeared in Aeon Magazine, Cineaste, LA Weekly, Lapham’s Quarterly, the New York Times and Playboy, among others.

Steve Hannah
is stepping down after more than a decade as CEO of The Onion. Hannah, 67, will relinquish day-to-day management of the Chicago-based humor empire on July 1, with company president Mike McAvoy, 35, named to succeed him. A minority owner, Hannah will continue as chairman of the company. McAvoy joined The Onion as controller in 2005, working his way up the ranks to president two years ago.

Matteo Gabba will rejoin Condé Nast as associate director of Condé Nast Global Development. Gabba returns to Condé Nast having held the position of marketing director consumer for the 24 ORE Group. Gabba previously worked as group marketing director at Edizioni Condè Nast (Condé Nast Italy), across GQ and Wired including organising events such as the first edition of Wired Next Fest.

Kaelyn Forde has been named executive editor of news at Refinery29. She had been a reporter and producer at Al Jazeera America.

Karen Mahabir has been named managing editor of news at The Huffington Post. Previously, she’d been digital products producer at The Associated Press. 

Bloomberg Pursuits has named Ali Salama its new publisher. Most recently, she was group advertising director at Bloomberg LP.

Nigel M. Smith has been named entertainment writer at The Guardian. He had been managing editor at Indiewire

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan has been named senior editor at DailyBurn. She had been senior digital editor at Self.

John Bennett was hired as the new CQ Budget Tracker editor. Bennett has covered defense, national security and foreign policy issues in Washington since 2003. Most recently, he was the senior congressional reporter for Defense News.

Cece Ryan
has been appointed the new publisher of Real Simple. Ryan was previously the associate publisher of sales for the People brand where she has worked in several leadership roles for the past 19 years.

Bill Frischling joins U.S. News & World Report as vice president and launch executive for the company’s new online real estate venture. Frischling was a founding member of the team that launched While at AOL Inc., he launched My AOL, AOL Search and AOL's first mobile alerts product. Additionally, he co-founded Dyscern, an e-commerce company.

John Bradley
has been named a new brand editor for VeloNews. Bradley has been a senior editor of Outside and Wired and will be taking over the Velo publication, North America’s oldest cycling title. As publishers of the official North American guide to the Tour de France, he joins the team less than two weeks before the tour.

International luxury lifestyle publication, Robb Report, has announced a series of senior-level appointments:

  • John Ruvolo has been named chief digital revenue officer. Ruvolo, who will spearhead the company’s digital revenue initiatives, joins Robb Report from Martini Media, where he served as chief revenue officer.

  • Paige McCrensky has been named as senior vice president, marketing. Overseeing all aspects of marketing for Robb Report, McCrensky also joins Robb Report from Martini Media, where she was senior vice president, marketing.

  • Joseph Gallagher has been appointed as senior vice president, digital partnerships. Most recently, Gallagher was senior vice president, channel sales for Collective, a leading programmatic multi-screen advertising company.

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