Meredith Taps Tom Harty as National Media Group President

Former Consumer Magazines President Succeeds Company Vet Jack Griffin, Who Will 'Pursue Another Opportunity'

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NEW YORK ( -- Meredith Corp. named Tom Harty president of its National Media Group today. Mr. Harty succeeds Jack Griffin, who has chosen to leave Meredith to pursue an undisclosed opportunity, the company said.

Tom Harty
Tom Harty
Mr. Harty joined Meredith in 2004 as VP of its magazine group and was promoted to president of consumer magazines in 2009.

"Tom has done an outstanding job of expanding our consumer reach and driving revenue growth over time," Meredith chairman-CEO Stephen Lacy said in a company statement. "He conceived Meredith 360, our innovative multiplatform sales initiative, and transformed our corporate sales organization into the best in the industry."

Mr. Griffin, a Meredith veteran, oversaw the creation of Meredith's marketing services arm from 1994 to 1999. In 2005 Advertising Age named Mr. Griffin a publishing executive of the year; he is also a member of the American Advertising Federation's Hall of Achievement.

"It has been my great privilege to work with a world-class team during a period of extraordinary growth and change," Mr. Griffin said in the statement. "I am proud of my colleagues and most appreciative of their support and commitment during my tenure at Meredith."

"I want to thank Jack for his many contributions to Meredith, and Tom and I both wish him all the best in the future," Mr. Lacy said in the statement.

There was no early word where Mr. Griffin might land next, but one possibility comes to mind. Might there be room for him at Hearst Magazines, where former Conde Nast executive David Carey was just named president?

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