The New York Times announced that Paul Smurl has been named to the newly created position of VP-NYTimes.com paid products. Smurl, previously VP-advertising, will be responsible for the implementation and financial performance of The New York Times' recently announced “metered model,” which will charge users for access to online content beyond a certain number of free stories. Additionally, Eliot Pierce, formerly VP-operations and strategy for NYTimes.com, is now VP-advertising and digital strategy, business development and ad operations. Nick Ascheim, formerly VP-product management for NYTimes.com, has been named to the newly created role of VP-new ventures. Ira Silberstein, formerly VP-classified products, was named VP-product management and classifieds. Rob Larson, formerly VP-digital production, has been named VP-search products.
USA Today has named Gordon Lee Jones III as senior VP-advertising sales. He succeeds Brett Wilson, who resigned late last year. Jones previously held senior sales and marketing positions with Newsday Media Group/ Cablevision, Entrepreneur Media, Tribune Co. and Ziff Davis Publishing.
The Associated Press has named Jane Seagrave senior VP-chief revenue officer, effective March 1. Seagrave was formerly head of new-product development at AP and oversaw the launch of the organization's mobile news product. Seagrave succeeds Tom Brettingen, who is retiring this summer.
Krim to join wsj.com as senior deputy managing editor
Jonathan Krim will be joining WSJ.com on March 15 as senior deputy managing editor, according to a memo from Kevin Delaney, managing editor of the Web site. Krim, most recently local innovations editor of The Washington Post, was assistant managing editor and director of strategic initiatives for Washingtonpost.com from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he was executive editor of TheStreet.com and assistant managing editor of the San Jose Mercury News.