May 29, 2014
Oprah Winfrey is the most powerful woman in media. That’s according to Forbes, which this week released its annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Winfrey came in at No. 14 overall, the highest-ranked media person and six spots behind first lady Michelle Obama. German chancellor Angela Merkel was No. 1 on the list. Three others in media made the list’s top 50: Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal (No. 28), Condé Nast editorial director Anna Wintour (No. 39) and NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group chair Bonnie Hammer.
Modern Luxury has brought in Michael D. Espindle, naming him group executive editor. Espindle joins from Elite Traveler, where he was a group editor.
Atlantic Media has named Michael Grass a senior editor at Government Executive, working with its new state and local channels. Grass has previously held positions at The Huffington Post, The Washington City Paper and The New York Observer, among others.
Miami agency MARCA has added Henry Gómez to its staff, naming him senior director of strategic planning. Gómez had been at Alma, and he’s also previously worked at CreatAbility, Hill Holliday and Bromley Communications.
Cable network UP has named Linda Ruffins vice president of advertising sales, based in the network’s Chicago office. Ruffins was previously director of sales at Bravo.
Fox News Channel has brought in actress Stacey Dash as a commentator, contributing to a number of shows on the network. The “Clueless” actress made news in 2012 when she publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
Cox Media Group has named Scott Pompe vice president of advertising for Statesman Media Co., an arm that includes the Austin American-Statesman. Pompe was previously at Desert Sun Media Group.
Monica C. Lozano, chief executive officer at ImpreMedia and publisher of La Opinión, is leaving those positions, although she will remain chair of the board for parent company US Hispanic Media. Chief operating officer Francisco Seghezzo will take over as CEO.
Benjamin Tappan has been named senior vice president of television at Landscape Entertainment, which is currently working on the show “Nazareth” under a deal with Fox. Tappan had been senior vice president at Giant Pictures.
Mobile video marketing company AdColony has made four hires, naming Megan Sullivan vice president of client relations, Sally Medina director of sales, David Pokress senior vice president of monetization and publisher relations, and Brian Mulcahy director of brand sales. Sullivan joins from Apple, Medina from Pandora, Pokress from gigaGame partner, and Mulcahy from Martini Media.
Sean Foster has been named chief executive officer at CrowdTap, which runs a social marketing platform. Foster was most recently chief executive at dLife.
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- Justine Bloome becomes head of strategy at Carat USA
- Carol Duncan becomes SVP and CFO at Barker
- Bill Robinson becomes VP of partnership development at Home Team Sports
- Sharon Dastur becomes SVP of programming integration at iHeartMedia
- Tasneem Raja becomes senior digital editor at NPR
- Mike Wilson becomes editor at The Dallas Morning News
- Ian Bremmer becomes foreign affairs columnist at Time
- Dan Berman and Sacha Scoblic join National Journal
- Cosme Lopez rises to SVP and GM of pay-TV at Cisneros Media
- John Lambertus becomes VP of revenue operations at Vdopia
- Former CBS News executive Emerson Stone dies at 86
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