Mr. Castelli's tenure, which will officially end on Wednesday, will be another short one for the top business-side spot at Rolling Stone. He was named publisher in April 2006 after Steve DeLuca, who had filled the post for two years, failed to reach a new contract with Wenner.
Mr. Castelli, who was associate publisher at Maxim before joining Rolling Stone, is not the first magazine pro to turn tech. Last August Google named Eileen Naughton, former president of Time magazine, head of ad sales for the web giant's New York offices. She was recently named director-media platforms, from regional sales director-East Coast.
A Google spokesman could not be immediately reached late this afternoon.