Media Business inaugurated the Top Innovators in 2004 to spotlight b-to-b media executives who are constantly pushing the marketing envelope to create new revenue streams and to keep their customers over the long haul.
"Our annual Media Business Innovators Awards were created to honor those who have impacted our business in a truly innovative way over the past year, leading their publications, companies, Web sites and departments in ways that all of us in the publishing business can learn from," said Bob Felsenthal, publisher of BtoB and Media Business.
He added: "With 18 winners from 17 different companies, this year's choices are truly a cross section of the best in our business. With the current focus on change in the media world, our group of CEO innovators is particularly successful in leading companies to multichannel media options for readers and marketing solutions for advertisers."
Awards are given in six categories: top executive, publisher, editor, online, circulation and production. The categories are divided into three divisions: large trade, small trade (less than $200 million in annual revenue) and general business.
This year's winners are:
Large: Steve Weitzner, president-CEO, CMP Media
Small: Bill Pollak, president-CEO, ALM
General: Jim Spanfeller, president-CEO, Forbes.com
Large: Peter Goldstone, president, Hanley Wood Magazines
Small: Anne Armstrong, publisher-business unit leader, FCW Media Group
General: Kevin Quinlan, publisher-president, CFO Publishing Corp.
Large: Patricia Panchak, editor in chief, IndustryWeek and Industryweek.com
Small: Derek Slater, editor in chief, CSO
General: Bill Grueskin, managing editor, WSJ.com
Large: Mike Azzara, senior VP-Internet business, CMP Media
Small: David Newcorn, VP-new media, Summit Publishing
General: Martin Nisenholtz, senior VP-digital operations, New York Times Co.
Large: Francis Heid, VP-media operations, Advanstar Communications
Small: Steve Gardberg, fulfillment director, The Deal LLC
General: Doug Morrow, VP-operations & business development, Financial Times (the Americas)
Large: Keith Hammerbeck, director-manufacturing services, Advanstar Communications
Small: Louise Morrin Boyle, VP-production & manufacturing, Haymarket Media
General: Ann Sheridan, production director, Time Inc. Business and Finance Group