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`The New York Times' announces several executive changes

The New York Times Co. announced that Alyse Myers has been named senior VP-CMO for the New York Times Media Group, from VP-marketing services. Laura Langdon, executive group director for creative services, and Helen Seligman, executive director for advertising/ promotion, will both become VPs in marketing services. Myers will be responsible for brand building forThe New York Times, NYTimes.com, International Herald Tribune and WQXR-FM.

Also at the company, Todd Haskell has been promoted to the new position of VP-business development, advertising in the paper's media group, from executive director of business development for the advertising department. In addition, Michael Zimbalist, president of the Online Publishers Association, has been named to the new position of VP-research & development operations.

VNU appoints Schmidt to lead its Marketing Information group

VNU announced that Steven Schmidt has been appointed president-CEO of its Marketing Information group. The group includes VNU brands ACNielsen, ACNielsen HCI, BASES, Claritas and Spectra. Previously, Schmidt was president-CEO of ACNielsen and exec VP of the Marketing Information group. He will continue to run the global ACNielsen business. The appointment comes after the collapse of VNU's proposed merger with IMS Health and the announcement that CEO Rob van den Bergh will step down.

Mansueto Ventures ramps up marketing division

Mansueto Ventures, the recently formed company that publishes Inc. and Fast Company, named two marketing directors. Humphrey Rolleston, a 22-year publishing veteran of The Economist, was named marketing director for Inc. Peter Cowles, most recently strategic marketing director at Wired, was named marketing director of Fast Company.

NNN exec Woerner named publisher of `Brandweek'

Thomas Woerner has been named publisher of Brandweek. He joins Brandweek from the Newspaper National Network, where he was senior sales executive, responsible for increasing market share for the U.S. newspaper industry. Prior to that, Woerner was VP-global sales and marketing at CMP Media.

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