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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.17.14

Changes at Yahoo; NYT Poaches Manjoo from WSJ

January 17, 2014
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There's chaos at Yahoo. First, we heard that COO Henrique De Castro, the first man Marissa Mayer hired, was out. Kara Swisher reports that many people within the company had been referring to him as a "dead man walking" for weeks, if not months. He was a $109 million mistake. Oops. Then, we got word that editor-in-chief Jai Singh -- notably not a Mayer hire -- was leaving as well. He had been managing editor of the Huffington Post and previously ran CNET Networks. There's no official reason for his departure but Mayer has been active in the company's content-production space and CMO Kathy Savitt is now handling the media unit. Swisher again: "Savitt has a very mixed reputation -- and this is me being polite -- inside Yahoo."...

The New York Times recruits Farhad Manjoo from The Wall Street Journal. He'll write the State of the Art column, replacing David Pogue who jumped to Yahoo in November. Manjoo, previously at Slate, lasted just four months at the WSJ before splitting for the Times. Meanwhile, the Times Magazine replaces Matt Bai (also to Yahoo) with Jim Rutenberg. He was, notably, the paper's first Hamptons correspondent among many other gigs... The Orange County Register, which had been on a hiring spree, will lay off around 35 people. That group includes editor Ken Brusic and "most other top editorial managers." The Riverside Press-Enterprise, another publication owned by Aaron Kushner, loses 39 staffers...

Sports Illustrated recruits Brendan Ripp, Fortune's VP of sales and marketing, as its new publisher. He replaces Frank Wall. Ripp, a 14-year Time Inc. veteran, is the son of CEO Joe Ripp, but this isn't about nepotism. "Brendan has a long and accomplished history with the News & Sports Group, where he has held a number of leadership positions at each of our brands over the past 14 years," Todd Larsen, Time Inc.’s executive VP/group president News and Sports, wrote in a memo to staffers that didn't mention Ripp's connection to the top of the masthead. Elsewhere at Time Inc., Colin Bodell is the new chief technology officer and executive vice president while CIO Mitch Klaif jumps to senior vice president... Jonathan Allen leaves Politico for Bloomberg News. He'll cover the White House and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid, if she makes one, of course... CNN promotes Joe Johns to senior Washington correspondent. He's been with the network for 10 years...

The Daily Beast re-arms, hiring Noah Shachtman as executive editor. He co-founded Wired's Danger Room blog and had been editing Foreign Policy for a short time. Additionally, John Avlon is the new editor-in-chief at Tina Brown's old stomping ground... Say Media lands Joyce Bautista Ferrari as editorial director. She had been director of editorial development at Conde Nast Traveler... Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler will retire this summer... And there are changes at The Week Inc., Viacom Media Networks and more...

January 17, 2014: Mike McCormick has been named news director at WPEC in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had been news director at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, Fla. (TVSpy)

January 17, 2014: Doug Buemi has been named vice chairman, regional director, Asia Pacific, at Cohn & Wolfe. He had been regional executive advisor, Asia Pacific, at Ogilvy Public Relations. (PRNewser)

January 17, 2014: Christof Schminke has been named chief marketing officer at Auctionata. He had been head of offline and strategic marketing at Zalando. (PRNewser)

January 17, 2014: Betsy Collie has been named director, strategic account development, at Renegade Communications. She had been director, business development, at R2integrated. (release)

January 17, 2014: Liz Seymour has been named executive features editor at The Washington Post. She had been Local Living editor there. (FishbowlDC)

January 17, 2014: Jonathan Strong has been named Washington editor at Breitbart News. He had been political reporter at National Review. (FishbowlDC)

January 17, 2014: Farhad Manjoo has been named State of The Art columnist at The New York Times. He had been technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal. (FishbowlNY)

January 17, 2014: Brendan Ripp has been named publisher at Sports Illustrated and He had been vice president, advertising sales, at Fortune. (release)

January 17, 2014: Susie Kricena has been named senior vice president, program acquisitions, at Comedy Central. She had been vice president, program acquisitions, there. (release)

January 16, 2014: Kris Frieswick has been named senior editor at Inc. She had been editor-in-chief at On Wall Street. (mb)

January 16, 2014: Joangel Concepcion has been named general assignment reporter at KDFW in Dallas. She had been reporter/photographer at WHEC in Rochester, N.Y. (TVSpy)

January 16, 2014: Dave Nussbaum has been named meteorologist at WWL in New Orleans. He had been meteorologist at WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La. (TVSpy)

January 16, 2014: Joyce Bautista Ferrari has been named executive editorial director at Say Media. She had been director of editorial development and operations at Condé Nast Traveler. (FishbowlNY)

January 16, 2014: Rachel Fishman Feddersen has been named general manager, digital, at The Week Inc. She had been chief content officer at (mb)

January 15, 2014: Tera Blake has been named morning meteorologist at WEWS in Cleveland. She had been morning meteorologist at WCCB in Charlotte, N.C. (TVSpy)

January 15, 2014: Sandra Torres has been named co-anchor at Telemundo Wisconsin. She will continue in her role as reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee, Wis. (TVSpy)

January 15, 2014: Kisha Henry has been named anchor/reporter at KMBC in Kansas City, Mo. She had been weekend anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City, Okla. (TVSpy)

January 15, 2014: Joe Johns has been named senior Washington correspondent at CNN. He had been justice correspondent there. (TVNewser)

January 15, 2014: Jim Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent at The New York Times Magazine. He had been national political correspondent at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

January 15, 2014: Martha Riley has been named senior vice president, music sales, at Viacom Media Networks. She had been vice president, music group sales, there. (release)

January 15, 2014: Katalin Bergou has been named associate vice president at Rubenstein Public Relations. She had been account supervisor at LAK Public Relations. (release)

January 15, 2014: Roxanne Ducas has been named director of communications at Rubenstein Public Relations. She had been coordinator, corporate communications, at AECOM. (release)

January 15, 2014: Ulrich Schmidt has been named senior vice president, general manager, Germany and Europe market development, at Glam Media. He had been chairman and chief executive officer at Ad Pepper Media. (release)

January 15, 2014: George Gemelos has been named senior vice president, data science, at Tapad Inc. He had been director at D.E. Shaw Research. (mb)

January 15, 2014: Paige Alexus has been named associate editor at New York Cottages & Gardens and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. She had been assistant market editor at Country Living. (mb)

January 15, 2014: Kelly Velocci has been named editorial assistant at New York Cottages & Gardens and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. She had been editorial intern at New York Cottages & Gardens. (mb)

January 15, 2014: Cindi Cook has been named features editor at New York Cottages & Gardens and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. She had been Hamptons editor at Avenue. (mb)

January 15, 2014: Hayley Wagreich has been named associate editor at Alloy Entertainment. She had been assistant editor at Paper Lantern Lit. (mb)

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