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Meredith Expands, Adds to Leadership

Meredith National Media Group has promoted and added to its leadership team. The four promotions include Gayle Butler to Executive Vice President & Group Creative Content Leader and Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes and Gardens, Jim Carr to Exectutive Vice President & President, Better Homes and GardensCarey Witmer to Executive Vice President & President, Parents Network, and Liz Schimel to Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer.

Dick Porter is also joining Meredith National Media Group as Executive Vice President & President, Media Sales. Porter was most recently CEO of the Publishing Group of America.

Butler, Carr, Witmer, Schimel and Porter will all report directly to Tom Harty, President of Meredith National Media Group.

Better Homes and Gardens Gets A New Look

bhg.pngThis week, Better Homes and Gardens debuted a new look in its June 2009 issue — with enhanced health coverage, a new front-of-book section and a more modern design update — in the hopes of making the magazine “lighter, brighter and easier to navigate,” publisher Meredith Corp. said.

The redesign will include updated fonts and visuals, as well as a dotted-line armature that will help to create structure and form, the company added.

The new Better Homes and Gardens will also include a new front-of-book section, called “Fresh,” which will focus on the home and community. “Fresh” will feature a monthly “must-have,” or new thingsto do or try from month to month; seasonal entertaining tips; the latest in home and consumer technology products; and home products with an eye towards value.

“We’re always looking at ways to enhance the incredible bond we have with our readers,” said Gayle Butler BHG‘s editor-in-chief. “We know their lives are constantly evolving and believe these new features along with the engaging design elements reflect this unique connection and understanding.”

Shelter magazines have suffered greatly during the current media crisis — like Domino, which folded earlier this year — so hopefully this redesign will help keep BHG in business.

Shake-Up at Meredith Sees Departure of Ladies Home Journal EIC

0060307.jpgThe Meredith Corporation has announced the departure of Ladies Home Journal editor-in-chief Diane Salvatore. Salvatore will be replaced by Parents editor Sally Lee, who will also oversee Circle, Fitness, American Baby Group, and Ser Padres.

The move appears to be part of a larger re-shuffling at Meredith, something Portfolio attributes to last month’s departure of editorial director Mike Lafavore. Other changes include Gayle Butler to Senior Vice President, where in addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes & Gardens, she will be editorial director of Country Home, Traditional Home and Midwest Living. As well, Dan Hickey moves to Vice President, Digital Content and Jim Blume to Group Editor. Full memo after the jump.

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