New York--Ziff-Davis Publishing announced Thursday that Scott Crystal, most recently VP-publishing director of National Geographic Society, will be VP-publishing director of Ziff-Davis' consumer magazine group. This group includes Smart Business for the New Economy and the company's newly announced travel magazine in partnership with Expedia. Mr. Crystal, who joins the company March 1, will report to Jim Spanfeller, exec VP-publishing director of Ziff-Davis' consumer magazine group. Ziff-Davis is currently in the process of being acquired by Willis Stein & Partners.