Penton Media has appointed Jean B. Clifton as exec VP-CFO. Clifton was formerly senior VP-CFO of the Reader's Digest Association, which she left in March. Prior to that, she was president-COO of the Journal Register Co.
The New York Times announced that Paul Smurl has been tapped as VP-advertising. Smurl will be responsible for sales develop-ment, agency relations and presentations, in addition to strategy and planning. He was previously executive director, strategy and planning.
USA Today announced that Brett Wilson, formerly the publisher of Money, has been chosen as the newspaper's senior VP-advertising sales. Wilson succeeds Jeff Webber, who will continue in his role as publisher of USAToday.com and will maintain responsibility for USAToday.com advertising sales. Wilson spent 21 years with Time Inc.
Everything Channel (formerly CMP Channel) announced that RetailVision co-founder Liz Madden has returned to the company to become managing director of RetailVision Events. Madden will be responsible for the overall management of the domestic, international and virtual RetailVision events.
Advanstar Communications has promoted Sherrie Krantz to the newly created position of VP-marketing for the Advanstar Fashion Group—MAGIC Marketplace, PROJECT and POOL. Krantz had been VP-marketing for Advanstar's PROJECT Global trade show. The company said that by combining the marketing initiatives for the events under one umbrella, it will create a more unified platform to leverage their strengths.
Cygnus Business Media has named Marco Rodriguez as senior VP-custom marketing. He will succeed Shari Dodgen, who is leaving the company. Rodriguez is co-founder of Nuestra Casa International, a national Spanish-language real estate magazine.