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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.18.11

AOL Bleeds Top Execs; Clinton's Critics

November 18, 2011
AOL is losing people left and right. Brad Garlinghouse, president of commerce and applications, departs because he feels under-appreciated (and rightly so). His final tweet as an AOL employee borrowed a Steve Jobs quote: "When sales guys run the company, product guys don't matter so much, and a lot of them just turn off." Heather Harde also says goodbye. She has been CEO of TechCrunch. Elsewhere at TC, Sarah Lacy is out. She had a smaller role in the blog in the past, but her departure is still a massive blow because of the name recognition she boasted. More troubling: The deep divide that still exists at the company nine months after the Huffington Post came onboard. (Put another way: We're talking about a 50 percent churn rate.) Calling Arianna...

Motor Trend promotes executive editor Edward Loh to editor-in-chief. He replaces Angus MacKenzie who moves up to chief content officer of the parent company, Source Interlink Media. Editor-at-large Ron Kiino takes over Loh's spot... Sixteen staffers are out in the Orlando Sentinel newsroom, including movie critic Roger Moore (not the man who played James Bond)... Bonnie Fuller hires Carlos Lamadrid as EVP, publisher, at He previously served as chief brand officer for Women's Day Brand Group...

The knives are coming out with regard to Chelsea Clinton's NBC gig. Specifically, from New York Post's Andrea Peyser, who writes, "Chelsea has already interviewed not one but two! people on camera. Those two people would be her mom and her dad." Clinton will donate her salary to charity... Joy Behar will leave HLN at the end of the year. She will remain co-host of The View...

Owen Van Natta sees his role at Zynga reduced. The chief business officer will become a strategic advisor but forfeits millions of pre-IPO shares. According to Kara Swisher's sources, CEO Mark Pincus did not force the former Facebook and MySpacer to give back shares. He is walking away from 4.6 million (but still has more than 2 million vested). Van Natta will stay on the board of directors, but Brad Feld leaves... Rich Tong is out as fashion director of Tumblr. You kind of had to see this move coming after the whole Fashion Week kerfuffle... And there are changes at The Daily Meal, Fine Cooking and more...

November 18, 2011: Richard Eisenberg has been named senior Web editor at He had been front page finance programmer at (mb)

November 18, 2011: Rory Hermelee has been named vice president of communications at Valentino USA. She had been director of communications, North and Latin America, at Bulgari. (WWD)

November 18, 2011: Stephen Espinoza has been named executive vice president of sports and event programming at Showtime. He had been partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP. (FishbowlLA)

November 18, 2011: Catherine Garcia has been named primary evening anchor at KNSD-TV in San Diego. She had been anchor there. (TVSpy)

November 18, 2011: Amy Rushlow has been named senior editor at She had been senior associate editor there. (mb)

November 18, 2011: John Shiffman has been named investigative reporter at Reuters. He had been investigative reporter at Philadelphia Inquirer. (FishbowlNY)

November 18, 2011: Mona Muresan has been named editor-in-chief at Muscle & Fitness Hers. She is the winner of seven state and national bodybuilding competitions. (FishbowlNY)

November 18, 2011: Ed Rollins has been named political contributor at Fox News. He had been campaign manager for Michele Bachmann. (TVNewser)

November 18, 2011: Larry McMurtry has been named "New Books" columnist at Harper's Magazine. He is the author of Lonesome Dove. (GalleyCat)

November 18, 2011: Parul Sehgal has been named digital associate editor for books at National Public Radio. She had been senior editor at Publishers Weekly. (GalleyCat)

November 18, 2011: Anne Alexander has been named senior vice president and editorial director at National Geographic Books. She had been editorial consultant at National Geographic Publishing. (release)

November 18, 2011: Michael Zivyak has been named chief revenue officer at The Fiscal Times. He had been CEO at Zivyak Media Group. (release)

November 17, 2011: Jonny Lieberman has been named senior features editor at Motor Trend. He had been senior editor there. (FishbowlLA)

November 17, 2011: Ron Kiino has been named executive editor at Motor Trend. He had been editor-at-large there. (FishbowlLA)

November 17, 2011: Angus MacKenzie has been named chief content officer at Source Interlink Media. He had been editor-in-chief at Motor Trend. (FishbowlLA)

November 17, 2011: Edward Loh has been named editor-in-chief at Motor Trend. He had been executive editor there. (FishbowlLA)

November 16, 2011: Maura McGreevy has been named communications director at Droga5. She had been head of the office of the chief marketing officer at Thomson Reuters. (mb)

November 16, 2011: Scott Hocker has been named editor-in-chief at He had been senior editor there. (mb)

November 16, 2011: Dan Borchert has been named regional sales manager at The Daily Meal. He had been integrated brand manager at Woman's Day. (mb)

November 16, 2011: Shelley Wiseman has been named senior food editor at Fine Cooking. She had been travel food editor at Gourmet. (mb)

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