Mr. Johnson, 38, has been interactive editor since May 1999, a role in which he edited the weekly Interactive Media & Marketing section and helped develop the editorial strategy for AdAge.com. He has a long association with Ad Age, having first joined in 1982 as an intern in the Detroit Bureau. After several years as a business reporter, he returned to Ad Age in 1989 as a technology reporter in the Los Angeles Bureau. In 1994, he was named L.A. Bureau chief.
"Brad is a passionate, uncompromising journalist, a fierce competitor and a constant source of ideas and inspiration," Mr. Donaton said. "Having him deeply involved in all aspects of editorial management will help us continue to raise the quality of our journalism and strengthen our clear leadership position."
Mr. Johnson will relocate from Los Angeles to New York. His move coincides with the relocation of Advertising Age's design, production and copy operations from Chicago to New York. Managing Editor Judann Pollack will return to New York and continue to oversee those operations.
A number of editorial positions and departments will remain Chicago-based, including the Special Reports and Dataplace operations, the Viewpoint section, the Chicago news bureau and various senior editors.
OTHER NEW HIRES
With the shift to New York, effective in mid-November, several new people will join Ad Age's editorial staff. They include:
* Rob Dybec joins as design director. A veteran of magazine and newspaper design, he most recently served for seven years as art director of Ski.
* Kim Narisetti joins as assistant managing editor. She has been senior editor in charge of editorial production for TheStreet.com and before that was a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal.
* Lisa Fain joins as production editor. She has been production editor of PRWeek since its U.S. launch in 1998.
* Donna Tarigo joins as deputy art director. She most recently was associate art director at Ad Age sibling Crain's New York Business; both are published by Crain Communications Inc.
* Kenneth Wheaton joins as copy editor, from the same title at TheStreet.com.