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Mitchell Scherzer Named Trustee of Hearst Family Trust

Mitchell Scherzer GMitchell Scherzer, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer of Hearst Corporation, has been elected a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. The trustees have a variety of duties, including electing the corporation’s board of directors.

The trustees of the the Hearst Family Trust now include Scherzer, James Asher, David Barrett, Anissa Balson, Frank Bennack, John Conomikes, Lisa Hearst Hagerman, George Hearst III, William Hearst III, Gilbert Maurer, Mark Miller, Virginia Hearst Randt and Steven Swartz.

The Hearst Family Trust, established under the will of William Randolph Hearst, owns Hearst Corporation.

Hearst Names VP, National Sales and Key Accounts

hearst-magazine-logo-1Hearst has named Tom Kirwan vice president, national sales and key accounts, of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. In this new role, Kirwan will oversee the company’s top accounts. Hearst Magazines Digital Media includes 24 sites.

Kirwan comes to Hearst from People Digital, where he served as associate publisher, Style and Entertainment Group. Prior to that, Kirwan was national director, digital sales, for EW.com.

“Tom’s role mirrors what Hearst has done successfully for many years: organizing our sales and marketing talent in a way that’s seamless and easy for the advertising customer, allowing them to work efficiently and with maximum creativity to unlock potential and deliver results,” said Todd Haskell, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, in a statement.

Kirwan’s appointment is effective Decemeber 3.

Hearst Names Co-Presidents of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication

hearst-corporation-logo2Hearst Corporation has tapped Neeraj Khemlani and George Kliavkoff to be co-presidents and group heads of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. In this role, the duo will oversee the management teams at Hearst’s jointly-owned cable networks and production companies, such as A&E, History and Lifetime.

Khemlani has been with Hearst since 2009. He was most recently senior VP and chief creative officer for Hearst Corporation. Kliavkoff joined Hearst in 2009 as well. He most recently served as executive VP and deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.

See below for the memo from Steven Swartz, Hearst’s president and CEO, announcing the changes.

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Lisa Boyars Joins Hearst Men’s Group

Lisa Boyars has been named executive director, group marketing, of Hearst Men’s Group. Boyars comes to Hearst from Condé Nast, where she had been since 2007, most recently serving as senior director of client and marketing solutions.

At Hearst, Boyars will oversee the Car and DriverPopular Mechanics and Road & Track marketing teams.

Boyars begins July 15 and will report to Jill Meenaghan, the associate publisher and group marketing director of Hearst Men’s Group.

The Steven Swartz Era Begins at Hearst

The only person who served as CEO of Hearst Corporation longer than Frank Bennack was a fella by the name of William Randolph Hearst. That’s one hell of a tenure. But all good things must come to an end, and for Bennack, that day was this past Saturday. Beginning today, Steven Swartz is the new CEO of Hearst.

In a final note to Hearst staffers, Bennack expressed gratitude and hope for the future of the company:

Three decades of growth, diversification and unlimited excitement—I fondly hope that you share my enthusiasm and pride for what has been achieved. To those who joined me early in my tenure or preceded me, I extend deeply felt thanks for the opportunity to have stood beside you, or in the latter case to have stood on your shoulders. As for today’s associates at every level and in every line of business, I salute you for your remarkable achievements and dedication. Your work is not done and I have every confidence that the best is yet to come for you and for Hearst.

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Lincoln Millstein Named Senior VP of Hearst


Hearst Corporation has named Lincoln Millstein senior vice president and special assistant to the CEO, Steven Swartz. Millstein has been with Hearst since 2005, most recently serving as executive VP and deputy group head of Hearst Newspapers.

Swartz, who takes over as Hearst Corporation’s CEO June 1, said of Millstein, “Over the past eight years, Lincoln has become both a trusted advisor and digital media leader in the company. His digital experience, knowledge of management and operations, and strong working relationships throughout Hearst will be great assets to me and all of our senior leadership team.”

Part of Millstein’s new role will be to “function as a senior advisor to Swartz on a wide range of issues,” according to Hearst.

Steven Swartz to Succeed Frank Bennack as Hearst CEO

A changing of the guard is about to take place at Hearst Corporation. Steven Swartz, currently the company’s president and COO, is going to succeed Frank Bennack as CEO. Swartz will become only the company’s seventh CEO when he takes on the role June 1.

Bennack — who has been with Hearst for 50 years, and CEO for 28 of those — will stay on as executive vice chairman of the company’s board and chairman of its Executive Committee. Swartz has been groomed for the top spot for quite awhile, but it is still a marked changed in the company’s history. The only person who served as CEO of Hearst longer than Bennack is William Randolph Hearst.

Swartz has been COO since early 2011 and added the president role late last year. Prior to his promotion to COO, he served as senior vice president and president of Hearst Newspapers. In a statement, Bennack said Swartz was more than ready to be CEO.

“Steve has dedicated himself to our company for more than 20 years and during the past two years we have been working side-by-side to position Hearst for our next 100 years. I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Directors when I say we have the utmost confidence in Steve stepping into the role of CEO in June and leading Hearst into a strong future of successful media and information businesses and brands around the globe.”

‘Citizen Hearst’: An Inside Look at the Hearst Media Empire

Ahead of its premiere at two New York City theaters next week, FishbowlNY attended a screening of Citizen Hearst Monday at the SoHo House. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Leslie Iwerks and narrated by William H. Macy, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the company, interviewing current and former executives for an inside look at the company.

The documentary traces William Randolph Hearst‘s career trajectory from college-dropout publisher of the San Francisco Examiner to the founder of a media empire that boasts 51 newspapers, 300 magazines and 29 television stations. In an interview for the documentary, Dan Rather calls Hearst a “reformist journalist” who just “wanted to make a difference.”

Citizen Hearst features interviews with editors of some of the company’s top magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town & Country and Esquire. Several generations of Hearsts were interviewed, along with several major media personalities including Oprah Winfrey, Bob Iger, Leonard Maltin and Heidi Klum. The film also investigates how major events like the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have impacted the company.

The documentary will be shown at two NYC locations — the Chelsea Theatre and the 1st & 62nd Theatre — on March 14.

Citizen Hearst also featured an interview with the architect of the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, which MediabistroTV got a tour of last year. Watch it after the jump. Read more

William Hearst Named Chairman of Hearst Corporation

William Hearst III has been named the new chairman of Hearst Corporation. Hearst has been a director of the company for over 30 years and is a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. Hearst succeeds the late George Hearst Jr. as chairman.

“Will has been involved in the activities of Hearst Corporation for decades,” said Frank Bennack, CEO of Hearst, in a statement. “He is a respected media leader, having honed his skills as a newspaper publisher, magazine editor and cable executive. His support and vision as chairman will be invaluable to Hearst moving forward.”

In related company news, the following were named to the board of directors:

  • Mark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspapers
  • Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst Corporation
  • Mitchell Scherzer, senior vice president and CFO of Hearst Corporation
  • Samia Staehle, an attorney and great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst
  • Christian Tarafa, former longtime executive at Hearst Magazines UK and great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst.

Neeraj Khemlani Named Chief Creative Officer of Hearst Corp.

Neeraj Khemlani has been named chief creative officer of Hearst Corporation. Khemlani transitions into this role from Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, where he served deputy group head in charge of non-fiction TV production.

“We want to make sure we offer the best possible user experiences across our brands in all forms,” said Frank Bennack Jr., CEO of Hearst Corp., in a statement. “The genuine value we deliver to readers, viewers, listeners and professional clients through our content determines whether we are successful. Neeraj will work across all our divisions as a champion of the innovation needed to constantly increase that value.”

Khemlani has been with Hearst since 2009.

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