MPA TAPS KENNEY, FLORIO

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After the recent resignations of its two top officers, the Magazine Publishers of America as expected has named Thomas Kenney, president-global magazine and corporate development of Reader's Digest Association, as chairman of the trade group.

Steve Florio, president of Conde Nast Publications, moves up to vice chairman. The two had been serving as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Messrs. Kenney and Florio were boosted following the resignation of former MPA chairman Claeys Bahrenburg, who had been president of Hearst Magazines until his ouster in November. And last month MPA Vice Chairman Francis Pandolfi said he was leaving the industry to join the Department of the Interior. He had been chairman of Times Mirror Magazines.

Rounding out the MPA officers are Edward Lewis, secretary, and publisher-CEO of Essence Communications, and Richard M. Smith, treasurer, and president and editor in chief of Newsweek.

The inclusion of Mr. Lewis, an outspoken and successful African-American publisher, also highlighted the MPA's fight to increase ethnic diversity in the consumer magazine trade group.

In announcing the appointments, Jack Rehm, chairman of the MPA nominating committee and chairman-CEO of Meredith Corp., said, "While it is unfortunate that the MPA has lost two officers early in their terms of office, the fact is that our industry is blessed with an abundance of talented, respected leaders who are ready to serve the association in key positions."

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