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Cameron Connors Named Publisher of Popular Mechanics, Rodale Promotes Two

Hearst Magazines and Rodale made a few announcements involving publishers this morning. Below are the details.

  • Cameron Connors is returning to Hearst as publisher of Popular Mechanics. Connors comes to the magazine from Paper Communications, where he served as president since June of 2013. Prior to that he spent two years at Condé Nast. He served as director of marketing services for Hearst Digital Media from 2008 to 2010.
  • Men’s Health publisher Ronan Gardiner and Women’s Health publisher Laura Frerer-Schmidt have added vice president to their roles. Gardiner has been publisher of Men’s Health since 2011 and Frerer-Schmidt was named publisher of Women’s Health the same year.
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Men’s Health Promotes Two

Men’s Health has promoted Randi Siegel and Chris Peel to joint advertising directors. Siegel was most recently Men’s Health’s executive fashion director and Peel was its advertising sales manager.

“Randi and Chris are dedicated, tenacious, strategic and creative salespeople who have been instrumental in much of Men’s Health recent success — I am delighted to be able to give them this richly deserved promotion,” said the magazine’s publisher, Ronan Gardiner, in a statement.

Both moves are effective immediately.

Men’s Health Promotes Fashion Director

Men’s Health has promoted Randi Siegel from Fashion & Retail Director to Executive Fashion Director. Siegel has held various fashion-cenrtic positions throughout her career.

“Randi is one of the most passionate, resourceful and tenacious sales professionals that I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Ronan Gardiner, Men’s Health’s Publisher. “She has been instrumental in establishing new and cementing existing partnerships with some of the most prestigious names in fashion, footwear and watches.”

Siegel begins her new post immediately and she continues to report to Associate Publisher Tim Koorbusch.

Melania Trump, Charles Grodin and Princess Di’s Wedding Designer

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The oppressive heat didn’t keep the faithful away from Michael’s today. The joint was jumping with media mavens of every stripe, including one editor who is clearly having a moment (David Zinczenko), high-profile publishers (Connie Ann Phillips, Donna Lagani) and, of course, a boldfaced name (Melania Trump) thrown in the mix.

It seemed as if all anyone wanted to talk about on (and off) the record was the imploding scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch. Said one source close to the action, “This could be bigger than anyone yet knows. Just wait if this thing hits New York. That would be major.” Uber agent and Londoner Ed Victor weighed in with this: “I made a $100 bet with Alfred Taubman that by this time next year [Murdoch] won’t be CEO.” And why? The corporation has no choice but to “throw him under the bus,” he said, adding that the televised hearings that have everyone riveted are “a complete wash.” Stay tuned.

I was joined today by Morgan Stanley’s Patrick Murphy and his sister, author and documentarian Mary Murphy. While I’ve had my share of Michael’s chats with Patrick, who spent four years with the Bloomberg administration and was one of the folks responsible for bringing Fashion Week to Lincoln Center, we’d never had our own lunch. These days, he’s hard at work at Morgan Stanley’s Reiser Group where he manages the finances of families, foundations and pension funds. “It’s so rewarding,” he tells me. “So many people are in need of good financial advice.” Indeed.

I was also glad I got the chance to finally sit down with Mary, having been so impressed by the success of her multimedia project, Hey, Boo: Harper  Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird. The paperback version of the book is out this week, and the DVD, which features interviews with a host of A-listers including Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey reading their favorite passages and reflecting on the novel’s legendary influence, is out and available on Netflix and iTunes today. Mary also just learned that PBS’ American Masters just bought the television rights. “That’s pretty much the biggest thing that can happen to you as a documentarian. I’m thrilled.”

She and I learned we were both inspired to become writers because of our love of the children’s classic, Harriet the Spy written in 1964 by Louise Fitzhugh. “When I think about it, there were definitely some similarities between Harriet and [Mockingbird heroine] Scout,” says Mary. The moral of the story: Parents, turn off the television and read to your children.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Producer Freddie Gershorn

2. Ed Victor and author Will Schwalbe, former Hyperion VP turned author whose new book, SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How To Do It Better, has people talking – and texting.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, O Magazine’s Sara Nelson and two other gals we didn’t get to meet.

4. Stephen Swid

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Ronan Gardiner Promoted to Publisher of Men’s Health

Rodale Inc. today announced that Ronan Gardiner has been promoted to publisher, Men’s Health magazine, effective immediately. In his new role, Gardiner will lead print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts across the brand. He will report directly to Rodale EVP, Group Publisher, Mary Murcko.

“Ronan is a rising industry star with impressive digital expertise and business savvy,” said Murcko. “He has a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for the brand that will serve him very well as he builds upon the continued growth of the world’s largest men’s title.”

Gardiner has played an integral role in the business success of Men’s Health across print, digital and mobile platforms, including Gatorade’s recent presenting sponsorship of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon, a multiplatform deal that includes print, digital, mobile apps, live Q&A’s, and sponsorship of three signature events across the nation.
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