Ms. Alston had been CEO of De Beers North America, but like other recent recruits to RDA, she has a past with Ms. Berner. Ms. Alston was once VP-group publisher at the Fairchild Publications division of Conde Nast Publications; Ms. Berner used to be Fairchild's president-CEO.
Ms. Berner, who is remaking Readers Digest Association around specific content areas, got things rolling last week by poaching two former colleagues from Conde Nast. She named Eva Dillon, who was VP-publisher at Cookie magazine, to be president-group publisher responsible for Reader's Digest, Reader's Digest Large Print Edition and Selecciones, the U.S. Spanish-language version of the magazine. And Suzanne Grimes, who was senior VP-corporate sales at Conde, was named RDA's president for food and entertaining.
Before joining Fairchild, Ms. Alston was launch publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine and publisher of the now-defunct YM.
Reader's Digest Association was acquired by Ripplewood Holdings on March 2.