Who: Frank Anton What: CEO Where: Hanley Wood, Washington, D.C. Why: After the sale of Hanley Wood to a group led by JPMorgan Partners, Anton has assumed the CEO position vacated by company co-founder Mike Wood. He takes the reins of a company that is held up as a prime example of a well-run media operation.
Who: Cam Bishop What: President-CEO Where: Ascend Media, Overland Park, Kan. Why: With the backing of JPMorgan Partners and Veronis Suhler Stevenson, Bishop is building the scale of Ascend Media with the purchase of Medical World and other acquisitions.
Who: Robert Callahan What: Chairman-CEO Where: Ziff Davis Media, New York Why: With a focus on Ziff Davis’ strengths, which include the Web, IT publishing and gaming, Callahan (along with Ziff Davis President-COO Bart Catalane) has put the tech publisher back on track.
Who: Jim Casella What: CEO Where: Reed Business Information, New York Why: Casella is leading the charge at Reed Business to expand the company’s offerings overseas (e.g., Variety in China) and on the Web, where almost 20% of the company’s revenue will be generated this year.
Who: Kelly Conlin What: President-CEO Where: Primedia, New York Why: Conlin announced plans to explore sales possibilities for Primedia Business Magazines & Media that would transform Primedia into a consumer-focused media company.
Who: L. Gordon Crovitz What: Senior VP-president, electronic publishing group Where: Dow Jones & Co., New York Why: With the acquisition of MarketWatch and other properties, Crovitz has championed a move at Dow Jones to offer both paid and free content to consumers and advertisers.
Who: Alan Douglas What: Chairman-president Where: Douglas Publications, Richmond, Va. Why: As the chief of Douglas Publications, Douglas knows the upside and downside of being a small publisher. He founded a buying group, the Integrated Media Consortium, last year to give smaller media companies additional purchasing power.
Who: Pat Kenealy What: CEO Where: International Data Group, Framingham, Mass. Why: Crisscrossing the globe from Amsterdam to Beijing to San Francisco, Kenealy continues to champion IDG’s decentralized culture and international outlook.
Who: Jeffrey Klein What: President-CEO Where: 101communications, Chatsworth, Calif. Why: Keenly aware of the diminishing role of ad pages in the revenue mix, Klein has aggressively pursued alternative revenue streams in paid content and membership organizations.
Who: Robert Krakoff What: CEO Where: Blantyre Partners, Boston Why: After leaving Advanstar, where he was chairman, Krakoff has remained a player in b-to-b media, pursuing big deals with the backing of the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm.
Who: Joseph Loggia What: CEO Where: Advanstar Communications, New York Why: Loggia made a bold move earlier this year in selling part of Advanstar, including its travel group, to Questex Media Group, which is being operated by former Advanstar executives backed by private equity firm Audax Group.
Who: Gary Marshall What: President-CEO Where: CMP Media, Manhasset, N.Y. Why: Marshall is now focusing on growth in both technology media and in health care media, where the company has made acquisitions such as the Oncology Group and Cliggott Publishing (see profile, p. 26).
Who: David Nussbaum What: CEO Where: Penton Media, Cleveland Why: At the helm of Penton for about a year, Nussbaum has strived to create an entrepreneurial culture and instill a focus on the Web, both of which contributed to Penton’s first full year of revenue growth since 2000.
Who: Jim Spanfeller What: CEO Where: Forbes.com, New York Why: Spanfeller is an aggressive champion of the Internet’s ability to reach a business audience, offering a "brand increase guarantee" to companies advertising on Forbes.com. He is also proving that free business content on the Web is a profitable business model.