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Reader’s Digest Dismisses Publisher

rdcover.jpgminOnline is reporting that Reader’s Digest publisher Tracey Altman has been let go, as the magazine’s publisher, Reader’s Digest Association, struggles to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, where its been since August.

“I was laid off,” Altman told min, which added that she has “retained a lawyer to deal with severance and other legal matters.”

A Reader’s Digest spokesperson confirmed that Altman had left the company and said Eva Dillon, president of Reader’s Digest Community, will be assuming her responsibilities. Altman had been named vice president and publisher of the magazine in September 2008.

Since entering Chapter 11, RDA has reshuffled execs, and has made plans to move its offices to New York City.

Tracey Altman Out as Reader’s Digest Publisher –minOnline

Previously: Reader’s Digest Moves To NYC As Part of Restructuring Plan

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Reader’s Digest Reorganizes, Shuffles Execs

Scan_RGB.jpgLess than one month after announcing plans to enter Chapter 11 in order to reorganize its debt, the Reader’s Digest Association has renamed and reorganized its U.S. business operations and shuffled its top executives around.

Suzanne Grimes (right), currently president of Food & Entertaining at RDA, will now become president of a new group called “U.S. Affinities,” which will combine the Food & Entertaining group with a Home & Garden affinity. Alyce Alston, current president of Home & Garden and Health & Wellness, will take over a new division called “Emerging Businesses,” which will oversee the development of new businesses for the company.

The “Reader’s Digest Community” division, which focuses on “growing and nurturing the Reader’s Digest brand, magazine and related products,” will continue to be led by Eva Dillon and will remain outside of the affinity structure, RDA said.

As part of the reorganization, Neil Wertheimer, the editor of RDA’s Home & Garden and Health & Wellness divisions will now become vice president and editor-in-chief, of Emerging Businesses and Content Development.

Grimes, Alston and Dillon will all report to CEO Mary Berner, who said the affinity structure first adopted by the company in 2007 “has helped the company grow advertising market share and build customer communities, strengthening relations with both consumers and advertisers.” All three presidents came to RDA in 2007 and came by way of Conde Nast — Grimes was VP of Conde Nast Media Group, Alston worked as group publisher for W and Dillon served as VP and founding publisher of Cookie

The full release after the jump

Earlier: Reader’s Digest Plans To Restructure Debt Through Ch. 11

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It’s Official: Eva Dillon Leaves Condé for Readers Digest

evadillon.jpgIf you have a Reader’s Digest email, that means you’re working for Reader’s Digest, right?

Mary Berner, setting up her team at Reader’s Digest, has been poaching people from Condé Nast, her old stomping grounds when she headed the company’s Fairchild Publications division. (She left after it became clear she’d have to report lower down the organizational chart than she’d been used to.)

One Condé exec who’d been rumored on her way was Cookie publisher Eva Dillon. When we emailed Eva today, we got back an “out of office” message saying:

“I am no longer at this email address. If you wish to contact me, please email EVA’S NEW” [address removed]