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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.16.11

Times CEO Retires; Amanpour To Leave This Week

December 16, 2011
Janet Robinson is retiring as CEO of The New York Times Company. She will remain on as a consultant for a year and receive $4.5 million. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will assume the top spot on an interim basis. Robinson's most obvious successor is current Times president and general manager Scott Heekin-Canedy. Another name supposedly floating around is Andrew Ross Sorkin, which would be shocking if it were true. (The real question, however, is why the Times didn't have a successor lined up. What exactly went down leading to Robinson's departure?)...

Christiane Amanpour is leaving This Week. She will remain with ABC, hosting six primetime specials a year and also return to CNN International. George Stephanopoulos regains his chair on This Week and will continue as host of Good Morning America as well. (Gawker wants Jake Tapper to take over as permanent host, and we're not sure that's a bad idea.) During Amanpour's tenure, the program slipped to a regular third behind Meet the Press and Face the Nation...

The Los Angeles Times loses another editor as Russ Stanton resigns. John Carroll, Dean Baquet and James O'Shea left the top spot before Stantion, citing the ongoing and never-ending pressure to cut staff as the reason. The newsroom shrunk from 900 to 550 during the latest editor's tenure, and more cuts are coming. Current managing editor for news Davan Maharaj replaces Stanton... Conde Nast taps Jo Ann Murray as senior vice president of human resources. She had been SVP of global HR at Reader's Digest Association...

Bill Simmons snags Mark Lisanti as pop culture editor for Grantland. The Defamer founder joins the ESPN property after getting cut when Yahoo decided to kill its entertainment blogs. He replaces Lane Brown, who recently returned to New York... Josh Topolsky's very good The Verge hires WinRumors' Tom Warren to cover the Microsoft beat... The New York Times hires KJ Dell'Antonia to take over the Motherlode blog while it fights with the Huffington Post over the name... AOL's Patch is cutting sales people, and the rank and file are upset... Lot18, the wine and gourmet food flash sales site, grabs Mark Pinney as chief financial officer. He previously worked as COO of Tremor Video. Andrew Koch and Jane Kim are also coming on board as vice president of product and vice president of strategic development, respectively. Lot18, which raised $45 million in VC funding, has some cash to spend... And there are changes at Glamour, CBS News and more...

December 16, 2011: Paul Steinhauser has been named political editor and supervising producer of the Political Unit at CNN. He had been deputy political director there. (FishbowlDC)

December 16, 2011: Mark Preston has been named political director at CNN. He had been senior political editor there. (FishbowlDC)

December 16, 2011: Robin Whitmeyer has been named vice president and news director at KDFW-TV in Dallas. She had been news director at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. (TVSpy)

December 16, 2011: Adam Kuperstein has been named weekday morning anchor at WTVJ-TV in Miami. He had been sports anchor and reporter there. (TVSpy)

December 16, 2011: Wynton Marsalis has been named cultural correspondent at CBS News. He is the artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. (TVNewser)

December 16, 2011: Louise Collazo has been named copy chief at Family Circle. She had been a freelancer. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Meredith Bodgas has been named senior editor at She had been senior associate editor at (mb)

December 15, 2011: Brian Mcallister has been named vice president of revenue optimization at Twelvefold Media. He had been director of business analytics there. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Chris Verzello has been named vice president, West coast sales, at Twelvefold Media. He had been director of sales, West coast, there. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Roger Williams has been named senior vice president of marketing at Maxifier. He had been director of international marketing at AudienceScience. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Andrew Hall has been named senior director at C.Fox Communications. He had been account executive at Crosby-Volmer International Communications. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Marissa Lyman has been named account executive at Goodman Media International, Inc. She had been news editor at (mb)

December 15, 2011: Jessica Hanks has been named senior account executive at Goodman Media International, Inc. She had been publicist at CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. (release)

December 15, 2011: Catherine Romano has been named senior executive editor at Glamour. She had been executive editor at US Weekly. (FishbowlNY)

December 15, 2011: Julia Briggs Parsons has been named VP of product at Twelvefold Media. She had been director at BuzzLogic. (mb)

December 15, 2011: Martin Gottlieb has been named editor-in-chief at The Record. He had been global editions editor at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

December 14, 2011: Lana LoRusso has been named associate publisher at Health. She had been associate publisher of sales at Shape. (FishbowlNY)

December 14, 2011: Renee Tulenko has been named associate publisher at All You. She had been associate publisher at Health. (FishbowlNY)

December 14, 2011: Nancy Lazaros has been named CFO at Extreme Reach. She had been CFO at [x+1]. (release)

December 14, 2011: Frank Ohlhorst has been named senior technology writer at eWeek. He had been contributing editor at TechTarget. (mb)

December 14, 2011: Neil Janowitz has been named senior editor at Fast Company. He had been general editor at ESPN The Magazine. (release)

December 14, 2011: John Sollecito has been named SVP of cross platform research at Current TV. He had been head of consumer insights at Associated Press. (release)

December 14, 2011: Bill Hartnett has been named EVP of marketing at Current TV. He had been SVP of marketing at NBC News. (release)

December 14, 2011: KJ Dell'Antonia has been named writer of the Motherlode blog at The New York Times. She had been contributor to DoubleX at Slate. (FishbowlNY)

December 13, 2011: Eric Schurenberg has been named editor at He had been editor at CBS MoneyWatch. (mb)

December 13, 2011: Susan Kaplow has been named VP and general manager of life and style at Huffington Post. She had been executive director of syndication and Web development at Conde Nast. (mb)

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