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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.26.11.

AOL, Reuters Reshuffle; More Scribes Head to Grantland

July 26, 2011
AOL reorganizes its entire sales force, getting rid of head Jeff Levick and promoting Ned Brody in his place. The move is an interesting one considering Brody is not an ex-Googler. Levick, who did come from Tim Armstrong's former place of employment, took the job two years ago. Armstrong also makes Tim Castelli, Wendy MacGregor, Tim Richards and Jim Norton to SVPs. There are a host of other organizational changes as well due to the company's CEO trying to get his house in order, including the departures of Lauren Hurvitz and Kathy Andreasen. One has to wonder if Arianna Huffington's fingerprints are on any of the moves...

Bill Keller gives up his New York Times Magazine column. He drew plenty of flack for his writing, and it looks as though an op-ed slot will fit his style better... Town & Country hires Freeda Fawal-Farah as associate publisher of marketing. She had been in the same position at Harper's Bazaar...

Thomson Reuters parts ways with five executives including Chris Ahearn, who was president of Reuters Media. The company's CEO Tom Glocer wants to see some turnaround in the near future, or else you can be sure that more heads will roll...

Both ABC News and CBS News are staffing up in advance for the 2012 election cycle. The former snags Ron Brownstein. He will remain editorial director at National Journal. Athena Jones moves from production at NBC to general assignment correspondent at CNN. She'll report from the Washington bureau...

Already profitable Grantland adds Michael Kruse to its roster. The St. Petersburg Times staff writer is on the paper's enterprise team. Brian Phillips, Tom Bissell, and Carles from Hipster Runoff will also join the site... Meanwhile, The Awl -- which lost publisher David Cho to Bill Simmons' website -- taps Huffington Post account director John Shankman as publisher...

Research In Motion lays off 2,000 employees and says goodbye to COO Don Morrison. The move is another step in the long, slow death of RIM, which cannot compete with Apple and Android... And there are changes at The Fader, Inc., USA Today, and more...

July 26, 2011: Derek Dodge has been named director, social media at He had been social media producer at CNN. (release)

July 26, 2011: Eric Schwarzkopf has been named publisher at FITNESS. He had been associate publisher there. (release)

July 26, 2011: Eric Arnold has been named associate creative director at Team One. He had been senior copywriter at TBWA\Chiat\Day. (AgencySpy)

July 26, 2011: David DeRoma has been named creative director at Team One. He had been associate creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. (AgencySpy)

July 26, 2011: Alfonso Marian has been named chief creative officer at OgilvyOne. He had been executive creative director at Shackleton. (AgencySpy)

July 26, 2011: Peter McGuinness has been named president/CEO at DDB Chicago. He had been CEO at Gotham. (AgencySpy)

July 26, 2011: Galen Jones has been named SVP, Oxygen research at Oxygen Media. He had been EVP and chief strategy officer at Court TV. (release)

July 26, 2011: Keith Reed has been named senior editor at ESPN The Magazine. He had been editor at Catalyst Ohio. (SportsNewser)

July 26, 2011: Lucy Noland has been named anchor at KNBC in Los Angeles. She had been co-anchor at KHOU in Houston. (TVSpy)

July 26, 2011: Magee Hickey has been named reporter at WPIX in New York. She had been reporter at WCBS in New York. (FishbowlNY)

July 26, 2011: Pam Kramer has been named VP, consumer marketing at Twitter. She had been co-founder and board member at Start up. (AdAge)

July 26, 2011: Scott Neslund has been named CEO at Moxie. He had been president there. (AdAge)

July 26, 2011: Joel Lunenfeld has been named director, global brand strategy at Twitter. He had been CEO at Moxie. (AdAge)

July 26, 2011: Suzy Berkowitz-Weksel has been named SVP, PR at the Sundance Channel. She had been senior director at Entertainment Weekly. (mb)

July 26, 2011: Georgia Aarons has been named director, business development at Halpern PR. She had been associate producer at IN-House Series. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Natasha Fogel Kennedy has been named EVP at StrategyOne. She had been SVP, operations there. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Paul Avarali has been named editorial director at Ralph Lauren Media. He had been market editor at Details. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Andy Cohn has been named president and group publisher at The FADER, Inc.. He had been EVP and group publisher there.

July 25, 2011: Scott Singer has been named VP of business innovation at USA TODAY. He had been head of media & entertainment at Bank Street Group. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Freeda Fawal-Farah has been named associate publisher of marketing at Town & Country. She had been associate publisher of marketing at Harper's Bazaar. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Carrie Kania has been named agent at Conville & Walsh. She had been publisher at Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. (GalleyCat)

July 25, 2011: Lizza Moya has been named senior vice president of strategy at TM Advertising. She had been global marketing director at Heineken. (mb)

July 25, 2011: Don Lupo has been named SVP, director of digital production at Dailey. He had been VP, director of digital production at Deutsch. (AgencySpy)

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