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Wall Street Journal Publisher Jumps to Merged Paywall Firm

PianoMediaLogoFrom a media personnel perspective, the most intriguing aspect of Slovakian startup Piano Media’s acquisition of much larger U.S. paywall services firm Press+ is the individual they’ve snared to run the merged entity. Poynter’s Rick Edmonds spoke to Kelly Leach, formerly the publisher of the Wall Stret Journal‘s European edition, to ask why she decided to make this somewhat unorthodox career move:

“I really believe in the paid digital model, and I did when not very many others did…” she said. “It’s an area I’m passionate about. We have seen this wave working its way around the world and at the same time we are realizing that digital ads alone won’t carry the day.”

Leach worked with [Press+ co-founder Gordon] Crovitz in the early 2000s, when he was Wall Street Journal publisher, and the Journal was among the first to introduce digital subscriptions. (Closing the Dow-Jones loop, she was recruited for the job by [Piano Media communications director] David Brauchli’s brother, Marcus, a former editor of the Journal and later the Washington Post).

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Dow Jones Shuffles Executive Team

The dust around the resignation of Todd Larsen is beginning to settle at Dow Jones, and Talking Biz News reports that there have been several moves at the top of the company.

Alisa Bowen has been promoted from general manager of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network to head of product for Dow Jones. Kelly Leach has been promoted from senior vice president of strategy to managing director of Dow Jones’ Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses. Leach has also been named publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe. She is based in London.

Additionally, Jennifer Jehn has been promoted to head of circulation from senior vice president of marketing. Tracy David will succeed her.

For more moves and additional details, click through to Talking Biz News.

Dow Jones Restructures With New Business Groups, Promotions And Departures

dowjones.jpgOur sister blog MediaJobsDaily directs us to this internal memo sent to Dow Jones & Co. staff today from president Todd Larsen.

Larsen announced that the company would be dividing up into five distinct business groups: The Wall Street Journal in print, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Dow Jones Financial Markets (including the newswires), Dow Jones Corporate Markets and Dow Jones Indexes. Kelly Leach, formerly the Journal‘s vice president for business management, has been appointed to lead the paper, while Gordon McLeod remains the president of its digital network. Joe Lanza, previously VP of sales and trading at Dow Jones, has been named the president of the Financial Markets group; Scott Schulman, president of Dow Jones Financial Information Services, is taking over the new Corporate Markets group and Mike Petronella will continue to lead the Dow Jones Indexes.

Other additions to the Dow Jones team include Dennis Cahill as senior VP for technology; Jennifer Jehn as senior VP for marketing; Lee Wood as senior VP for enterprise sales and client solutions; and Michael Rooney as CRO at the Journal, while others remain in their roles but are taking on additional responsibilities, like Ann Sarnoff, who will now be president of Dow Jones Ventures as well as senior VP for strategy. All this shuffling is certainly hard to keep track of.

But in the midst of all the good news four execs — Richard Hanks, who was former chief operating officer of the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group; Bill Voltmer, senior vice president of global sales and client solutions at Dow Jones; Alan Scott, senior vice president and CMO of the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group and Bruce Macfarlane — are leaving the company. Larsen added that, “they depart with our admiration and thanks.”

Read the full memo here –MediaJobsDaily

Previously: Dow Jones Combines Journal, Newswire Operations