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CQ Roll Call Biz Side Implodes

CQ Roll Call called an all hands sales meeting at approximately 6:30 a.m. for every rep in the office, FishbowlDC has learned. They were told to cancel all appointments for the day.

At the meeting, CQ Roll Call Senior V.P. Jim Gale told the entire sales team that they ran out of money and that they cannot pay them for February or March. In layman’s terms, ads and sales reps have their comp plans based on certain numbers, which usually include a commission on their sales. So if they are trying to pay less, they may remove commission on sales, or say no commission for the month.

Though we received information about the general news at least a week ago, a second email about the morning meeting came in today. It isn’t clear whether the early morning meeting with reps occurred this morning or on another morning in the past two weeks. We’re told the Ads department is next on the chopping block.

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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.

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