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CQ-Roll Call Deal Signed, Management Changes Announced

First on FishbowlDC: The ink is still drying on the Roll Call/Congressional Quarterly deal and new management changes are already being announced — one of which involves Peter Cherukuri‘s position as publisher.

Cherukuri, the boy-wonder publisher of Roll Call will be stepping aside because his position “is redundant.” Cherukuri will aid in the transition for the next 30 days.

From Laurie Battaglia‘s memo (obtained by FishbowlDC) this morning:

The changes

Editorial Mike Mills joined Roll Call as editorial director in February of this year. Mike spent more than 11 years at CQ and will now serve as senior vice president and editorial director for CQ-Roll Call Group, overseeing all products and publications. Under Mike, Susan Benkelman (CQ executive editor) becomes executive editor of news for CQ and John Dineen (managing editor, CQ.com) becomes executive editor of publications for CQ. Both Susan and John are veterans of CQ. Charlie Mitchell will continue in his role as editor of Roll Call.

Information Services Keith White, formerly CQ publisher and senior vice president, will head up Information Services as senior vice president and associate director of CQ-Roll Call Group. Keith has been with CQ since 2001 after serving in executive positions at LexisNexis and AOL. Because Information Services include all subscription-based products, Barkley Kern (senior vice president, Capitol Advantage) will report to Keith. Additionally, Jim Gale (vice president of circulation sales, CQ), Greg Hamilton (chief marketing officer, CQ) and Ron Hogan (general manager, State Track) will continue to report to Keith.

Advertising Victoria Lion Monroe, formerly CQ associate publisher and vice president of advertising, will lead the Group’s advertising team as senior vice president. Victoria has been with CQ since July 2008 and brings more than 20 years of advertising experience, including extensive agency experience. Karen Whitman (vice president of advertising) and Cliff McKinney (director of advertising) will now report to Victoria.

Technology Dennis Arndt, who joined Roll Call Group as chief technology officer this past April, will serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer across the CQ-Roll Call Group. Dennis has more than 20 years of technology experience including senior-level positions with JumpTap, Monster Worldwide and Omgeo. Larry Tunks (chief information officer, CQ) will report to Dennis.

Finance Chip Wallen, Roll Call Group’s director of finance since February 2008, will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing all finance functions across the businesses. Chip brings a wealth of experience after serving in senior capacities at CQ and more recently, Legal Times.

Strategy and Development Neil Maslansky, formerly CQ chief financial officer, becomes senior vice president for strategy and development. Neil has been with CQ for seven years. Before that, he held management positions with LexisNexis and Congressional Information Service. Neil’s department will play a vital part in our success by continuing to innovate to ensure we stay ahead of the market.

Client Relationships Arnie Thomas, Roll Call Group senior vice president of client relationships will continue in his role across the new CQ-Roll Call Group. Arnie brings vast experience in our market, having held senior positions at LegiSlate. He was also instrumental in the launch of GalleryWatch Federal, which was acquired by Roll Call Group in 2006.

Battaglia’s full memo after the jump.


Dear all,

I am pleased to announce that, as of today, the Group’s acquisition of Congressional Quarterly (CQ), from the Times Publishing Company, is officially complete, marking the beginning of the new CQ-Roll Call Group. Welcome everyone!

As you know, the combination of CQ and Roll Call will create the largest and most experienced newsroom covering Congress, making CQ-Roll Call Group the clear leader in providing timely, accurate and unbiased information and analysis about Congress and Washington politics and policy.

The acquisition of CQ fits perfectly within our strategy to provide the most comprehensive information on Congress and the best channels to reach them. Additionally, this acquisition helps to further diversify revenues, which will exceed $100 million on an annualized basis. Advertising revenues were 98% of Roll Call’s revenues four years ago. Next year they will be under 35% of CQ-Roll Call GroupÂ’s. In my 21-plus years at Roll Call, I have never seen this company better poised for success.

With the acquisition completed, I am excited to announce my new team.

The changes

Editorial Mike Mills joined Roll Call as editorial director in February of this year. Mike spent more than 11 years at CQ and will now serve as senior vice president and editorial director for CQ-Roll Call Group, overseeing all products and publications. Under Mike, Susan Benkelman (CQ executive editor) becomes executive editor of news for CQ and John Dineen (managing editor, CQ.com) becomes executive editor of publications for CQ. Both Susan and John are veterans of CQ. Charlie Mitchell will continue in his role as editor of Roll Call.

Information Services Keith White, formerly CQ publisher and senior vice president, will head up Information Services as senior vice president and associate director of CQ-Roll Call Group. Keith has been with CQ since 2001 after serving in executive positions at LexisNexis and AOL. Because Information Services include all subscription-based products, Barkley Kern (senior vice president, Capitol Advantage) will report to Keith. Additionally, Jim Gale (vice president of circulation sales, CQ), Greg Hamilton (chief marketing officer, CQ) and Ron Hogan (general manager, State Track) will continue to report to Keith.

Advertising Victoria Lion Monroe, formerly CQ associate publisher and vice president of advertising, will lead the Group’s advertising team as senior vice president. Victoria has been with CQ since July 2008 and brings more than 20 years of advertising experience, including extensive agency experience. Karen Whitman (vice president of advertising) and Cliff McKinney (director of advertising) will now report to Victoria.

Technology Dennis Arndt, who joined Roll Call Group as chief technology officer this past April, will serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer across the CQ-Roll Call Group. Dennis has more than 20 years of technology experience including senior-level positions with JumpTap, Monster Worldwide and Omgeo. Larry Tunks (chief information officer, CQ) will report to Dennis.

Finance Chip Wallen, Roll Call Group’s director of finance since February 2008, will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing all finance functions across the businesses. Chip brings a wealth of experience after serving in senior capacities at CQ and more recently, Legal Times.

Strategy and Development Neil Maslansky, formerly CQ chief financial officer, becomes senior vice president for strategy and development. Neil has been with CQ for seven years. Before that, he held management positions with LexisNexis and Congressional Information Service. NeilÂ’s department will play a vital part in our success by continuing to innovate to ensure we stay ahead of the market.

Client Relationships Arnie Thomas, Roll Call Group senior vice president of client relationships will continue in his role across the new CQ-Roll Call Group. Arnie brings vast experience in our market, having held senior positions at LegiSlate. He was also instrumental in the launch of GalleryWatch Federal, which was acquired by Roll Call Group in 2006.

Unfortunately, under this new structure, the role of publisher for Roll Call is redundant and Peter Cherukuri has decided to pursue other opportunities. I would like to thank Peter for his valuable work and commitment to Roll Call. Peter has agreed to stay on through the end of the month to aid in a successful transition.

I realize these changes are significant. During the integration, we want you to know that management has an open-door policy and we are available to answer your questions. Feel free to contact your manager with any questions you have, or you may reach out to me directly.

I am confident this new structure positions CQ-Roll Call Group well for the future and that, as always, our commitment to our readers and our customers will remain our priority. I want to thank everyone for their continued hard work during this period of transition and I welcome the opportunity to head this exciting new venture!

Sincerely,

Laurie Battaglia
Managing Director and EVP
CQ-Roll Call Group

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