David Klein, VP-publishing and editorial director of the Ad Age Group, will serve as interim publisher of Ad Age. "We're exploring our options" regarding a replacement for Donaton, Klein told BtoB, which is also published by Crain.
"Scott was a great publisher for us, and we wish him nothing but success in his new venture," Klein said in a prepared statement. "Fortunately, we have a tremendous management team in place already, including Associate Publisher Allison Price Arden, Editor Jonah Bloom and National Sales Manager Jackie Ghedine at Ad Age, and General Manager Adam Gold and Editor Teressa Iezzi at Creativity. So we will be able to continue our very strong expansion into 2008."
Donaton joined Ad Age as a media reporter in 1989. He was promoted to editor in 1998 after three years as executive editor. (Prior to that, he had a short stint as editor of TV Guide Online.) He was promoted to associate publisher of Ad Age in April 2006 and named publisher of Ad Age and Creativity in February.