Jim Spanfeller, president of Ziff Davis Media's Consumer Magazine Group, resigned his position Sept. 7 "to pursue other interests." His resignation, which takes effect immediately, comes as the company plans to reorganize some of its business units. Many of Mr. Spanfeller's responsibilities will be assumed by Scott Crystal, exec VP-publishing director of the Consumer Magazine Group, who will now oversee Family PC
in addition to the titles he already handles--Yahoo! Internet Life
, the upcoming Expedia Travels
and four gaming publications. Ziff Davis Chairman, President and CEO Jim Dunning declined to comment on speculation that Mr. Spanfeller had been pushed out of the company. He said that the consumer titles were all "flat to up" and that "in aggregate we're very happy with that group's continued performance." Mr. Spanfeller wasn't immediately available for comment. Also, Ziff Davis will move PC Magazine
and Ziff Davis Smart Business for the New Economy
from the consumer group to the Business Publications Group, where they will be overseen by that segment's president, Al Perlman. In addition, Ken Beach, publisher of Sm@rt Partner
, is being named VP-corporate sales.
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