Today, the magazine’s publisher, Afar Media, announced it was raising the title’s rate base by 50 percent to 75,000 readers, starting with its March/April issue.
Along with a rate base increase, it seems like Afar is doing some staff restructuring as well. We noticed in today’s announcement that founder Greg Sullivan was listed as editor-in-chief, a position formerly held by Susan West. Folio reports today that West has left the company, along with founding publisher John Sheehy, whose position has been eliminated.
Although today’s rate base announcement didn’t mention those staffing changes, it did highlight some of the other restructuring and promotions going on at the fairly new company. Executive VP and managing director of digital operations Dan Orum has been promoted to president of Afar Media, co-founder Joe Diaz (pictured) is taking on the role of VP of sales and brand development and Derek Butcher has been named chief architect and chief technology officer. Afar is also bringing on consultant Dawn Drew, a former National Geographic Traveler publisher, to develop the magazine’s brand across platforms such as digital, products and live events.
Update: A spokesperson told us West’s departure was part of the magazine’s restructuring and Sullivan, Afar‘s founder and editorial director, has taken on her responsibilities.
Full release after the jump
Read more: Editor, Publisher Out at Afar Amid Restructuring –Folio