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Revolving Door Newsletter: 10.16.12

Mayer Poaches Another Googler; Dozens Laid Off at The Weather Channel

October 16, 2012
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Marissa Mayer brings a familiar face to Yahoo. The CEO grabs Henrique de Castro from Google to be chief operating officer. The duo worked together at their previous jobs. De Castro stands to make somewhere between $58 million and $62 million over the next four years in the position. Not bad work if you can get it. Mayer, who just returned from maternity leave (although she never really left), needed to make a big splash and de Castro is a good pull. The man getting the short end of the straw is probably current head of revenue Michael Barrett. He's saying the right things, but his job will change now that there's a new top salesman on board...

Former Spin editor-in-chief Doug Brod lands at TV Guide, where he will be executive editor. Since getting laid off from the music magazine a little more than a year ago, Brod had been news director at Departures. His new employer is excited about his pop culture knowledge, which might breathe some life into the brand... CQ Roll Call officially installs Susan Benkelman as editorial director. She had been performing the job in an interim capacity since Mike Mills left in September. Benkelman had been executive editor at Congressional Quarterly... The Associated Press gets into this social media thing on a global scale, promoting Fergus Bell to international social media and user generated content editor. The London-based journo had been a senior producer there...

The Weather Channel lays off seven percent of its staff, numbering as many as 75 to 80 people. The cuts come mostly from its Atlanta base. Leslie Moonves extends his contract through 2017. The CBS Corporation chief executive officer will earn a base salary of $3.5 million and an additional tens of millions in bonuses and stock options. Damn, it feels good to be a CEO... Rebekah Brooks earned $11.2 million on her way out of News Corp. We'll say it again: Damn, it feels good to be a CEO... PayPal loses chief scientist Mok Oh. He joined the company after it purchased Where -- where Oh was chief innovation officer -- in April 2011. The news comes on the heels of rumors that PayPal will cut between 300 and 400 workers, although Oh's departure doesn't seem to have much, if anything, to do with those impending layoffs... Faris Yakob leaves MDC/KBS+P where he had been chief innovation officer... a52 gives Megan Meloth a new title... MPC promotes a couple in the United States... And there are changes at the Guardian, The Washington Times and more...

October 16, 2012: Rich Santiago has been named SVP and director of behavioral planning at BBDO Atlanta. He had been director of global insights & innovation at Brand USA. (AgencySpy)

October 16, 2012: Mark Lund has been named president and general manager at WBZ-WSBK in Boston. He had been EVP of sales at NBC Owned Television Stations. (TVSpy)

October 16, 2012: Brad Ramsey has been named president and general manager at WVEC in Hampton Roads, Va. He had been VP and general manager at WCAV-WVAW-WAHU in Charlottsville, Va. (TVSpy)

October 16, 2012: Steven DeLuca has been named SVP at Departures. He had been publisher there. (FishbowlNY)

October 16, 2012: Larry Beasley has been named president and CEO at The Washington Times. He had been general manager at the St. Petersburg Times. (FishbowlDC)

October 16, 2012: Tom McDevitt has been named chairman at The Washington Times. He had been president there. (FishbowlDC)

October 15, 2012: Susan Benkelman has been named editorial director at CQ Roll Call. She had been executive editor at CQ. (FishbowlDC)

October 15, 2012: Fergus Bell has been named international social media and user generated content editor at The Associated Press. He had been senior producer there. (FishbowlNY)

October 15, 2012: Liz Coughlin has been named SVP of business operations at Young Hollywood. She had been head of Yahoo! TV and omg! at Yahoo. (release)

October 15, 2012: Doug Brod has been named executive editor at TV Guide Magazine. He had been news director at Departures. (FishbowlNY)

October 15, 2012: Heidi N. Moore has been named finance & economics editor for the US team at the Guardian. She had been New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent at Marketplace. (release)

October 14, 2012: Nicole Alexander has been named VP at Marketing Evolution. She had been VP of marketing & client services at Pointlogic. (mb)

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