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Posts Tagged ‘Francine McMahon’

The Hill poaches Adam Prather from Politico

Adam Prather, the former national advertising director at Politico, will become the new publisher of The Hill. The news was announced on earlier today. Prather will start in the new year and will report to James Finkelstein, chairman of News Communications, parent company of The Hill.

Prather has worked on the business side of several publishing enterprises including Politico, Yahoo, and Roll Call. In his capacity as publisher, he will oversee integrated sales, marketing, events and circulation in addition to overall revenue for the brand. Prather replaces Francine McMahon, who has served as publisher of The Hill since 2006. McMahon is leaving on Dec. 31 to start her own firm, the Capital Image Counsel (CIC).

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The Hill Wants to ‘Connect, Define and Engage’

Want to rub elbows with bigwigs? The Hill’s Publisher and Executive Veep Francine McMahon sent an enticing email to certain companies and organizations around town on Tuesday. The purpose of the email was to invite the groups to co-host a cocktail party that The Hill is having to honor Congress’ Committee Chairs and Ranking Members.

Note the management speak and purposeful bolding: “It is a great opportunity to connect with key Members and staff, define your message with them from the start, and engage them in your issues,” she writes.

Joked a Washingtonian who received it, “CONNECT, DEFINE AND ENGAGE!! Hells yeah.  I’m in!!!”

UPDATE: By the way, sponsor benefits include  an ad to run into the salute chairman and ranking members issue on the day of the reception, branding and logo info on all the promotional materials, up to 25 event tickets, photography of the event and bonus distribution. The cost: 25k. Analysis: Overall, pricey. One could put $25k into their own reception or divide it up to donate to candidates. On the other hand, guess there’s nothing like exposure.

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The Hill Hires an Events Manager!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hill is expanding its events operation by hiring an events manager and external relations expert. This is separate from former publicist Tricia Barba, whom the publication employed last year and has yet to replace. She left her position in March and now works for the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill.

In an internal memo this morning, Publisher Francine McMahon sent this note to staff telling them to be sure to welcome Nicole Rodgers, the new Manager of Events and External Relations.

See below:

1. Tomorrow June 16th The Hill and No American Debt are sponsoring a Policy Briefing Breakfast featuring Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee and former Governor George Pataki (R-NY) for a discussion on deficit reduction and smart tax reform.
Location: Budget Committee Hearing Room, Room 210 Cannon, 8:30 AM
2. The Hill and American Public Transportation Association are hosting a Transportation Policy Congressional Staff Happy Hour!!!!!!!!!!!  Top of The Hill, June 23 5pm-7pm
NOTE: We have expanded our EVENTS BUSINESS. Look for MANY MORE Events to come.  I will keep you posted!!! Please welcome Nicole Rodgers our new Manager of Events and External Relations.

The Hill: If you can’t win the day, win the overnight!?

After reading for the fifth time Francine McMahon‘s announcement of  The Hill‘s cutting-edge, new “Overnight” eNewsletter, I’m left completely confused.  Apparently the product is a late-night wrap-up of the day’s top stories yet the tag line reads: “Why find out tomorrow, when you can know tonight?”  Is The Hill’s publisher suggesting that most people read yesterday’s news today?  If so, I think I may have solved a major business problem for her publication…

Perhaps a better slogan would be: If you can’t win the day, win the overnight!  Catchy, no?

Announcement from McMahon below:

As THE HILL continues to innovate in print and online, there is a new product we think will especially help you do your job.

We have just introduced a new evening eNewsletter, “Overnight,” a wrap-up of key stories of the day and a look ahead at legislation and regulation in specific areas including Energy, Finance, Healthcare and Technology.  Below is a sample of the Overnight:  Healthcare version.  To begin your complimentary subscription, please click here.

I invite you to utilize this new resource and as always, turn to THE HILL for comprehensive  news.

Best regards,

Francine McMahon

*Note to Francine: please, just say “NO” to caps lock.  Who do you think you are…POLITICO?

The Hill Makes Senior Management Changes

From Jimmy Finkelstein, chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.:

    To the Staff

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you about senior management changes at The Hill that I am announcing today. They reflect the great success that the newspaper, websites, etc have been enjoying for the past number of years.

    All of you are part of that success, and I wanted to let you see the announcement before it goes out. I also wanted to thank you for your efforts and effective work.

    Warm regards,
    Jimmy Finkelstein
    Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp


    James A. Finkelstein, Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., has announced three key promotions in the company’s senior management.

    Francine McMahon
    , Associate Publisher of The Hill, has been promoted to Publisher and Executive Vice-President. McMahon joined The Hill in 1997. Ms. McMahon previously worked at The Weekly Standard, Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.

    “Francine’s accomplishments have been remarkable,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “She has been with The Hill from almost the very beginning and, under her leadership, the company’s revenues have increased dramatically. Her efforts have been instrumental in establishing The Hill and THEHILL.COM as the premier sources for information for Congress and for those interested in Congress.”

    Hugo Gurdon, Editor in Chief of The Hill newspaper, has also been promoted to Executive Vice-President, a position in which he will oversee the company’s rapid expansion in a variety of new media. Gurdon will also remain in charge of the newspaper’s editorial content and production.

    Mr. Gurdon arrived at The Hill in 2002 after more than two decades in journalism, having previously worked at The Daily Telegraph (UK) and National Post (Canada). When Gurdon joined The Hill, the newspaper was published only once per week. Now, while Congress is in session, The Hill publishes four times a week. On the Web, Gurdon has already helped make THEHILL.COM the most highly trafficked Web site serving Capitol Hill and will be launching a new Web site in the next month.

    “Hugo is one of the finest editors you’ll find anywhere,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “He has not only made The Hill the most important publication on the Hill, but has also made THEHILL.COM the preeminent Web Site covering Congress.”

    Sheila Casey has been promoted from Chief Financial Officer to the post of Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Casey will oversee the day-to-day operations at The Hill’s headquarters in Washington D.C.. Casey joined The Hill in 1997. She has previously worked at Grant Thornton.

    “Sheila has done a brilliant job as the company’s CFO,” Finkelstein said. “As The Hill and Capitol Hill Publishing diversifies into multiple new platforms, Sheila will be responsible for overseeing, managing and coordinating efforts across all of the company’s endeavors.”

    Mr. Finkelstein noted that while the company’s performance has been impressive in the past few years, The Hill and Capitol Hill Publishing are on the threshold of far greater growth.

    “In the last three years, revenues at Capitol Hill Publishing have more than doubled,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “With the launch of a variety of new initiatives under our new leadership structure we are confident that we will continue this growth.”