The Newspaper Association of America has appointed Caroline H. Little to serve as president-CEO, effective Sept. 6, 2011. Ms. Little succeeds John F. Sturm, who led the association for 16 years and recently announced his retirement. Ms. Little most recently was CEO, North America, of Guardian News and Media, where she oversaw all U.S. operations, including the digital news media properties guardian.co.uk and ContentNext Media from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that , she was with Washington Post Newsweek Interactive (WPNI). During her last four years there, Ms. Little was publisher and CEO, leading the division to its first year of profitability and playing a key role in integrating WPNI with other units of The Washington Post Co. She started at The Washington Post Co. in 1997 as VP-general counsel of WPNI, and from 2000 through 2004 she served as chief operating officer. She joined the company after spending time as deputy general counsel for U.S. News & World Report, Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company.
Denise Conroy-Galley has joined HGTV as senior VP-marketing and creative services. In her new role, based in the company's Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters, she will oversee branding, consumer marketing, creative and on-air promotions for the network, with a focus on media strategies that will drive ratings and attract new viewers. Ms. Conroy-Galley most recently worked for Outdoor Channel, where she was exec VP-marketing and research. During her tenure, she and her team were recognized with numerous industry awards, including the CableFaxies award for "Marketing Team of the Year." Prior to joining Outdoor Channel, she ran her own boutique sports-marketing agency and worked in marketing for Straightline, the start-up internet division of U.S. Steel.
Rebecca Rusk Lim has been appointed VP-interactive experience at Turner Broadcasting System. Ms. Lim has spent more than 25 years in the media industry, and has received honors for her work in new media, interactive TV, technology development and cable and broadcast TV. Previously, she was senior director-internet and interactive TV for Starz Entertainment, where she oversaw on-demand services such as Starz On Demand, Starz Play and Starz Broadband, as well as the first satellite transmission of tru2way broadcast. Prior to Starz, she led content development for the DCT 5000 platform at TCI and AT&T Broadband. Ms. Lim also served as the Hong Kong bureau chief for Asia Business News (now CNBC Asia) and worked for CNN at its launch.
Screenvision has named Suzanne La Forgia senior VP-national sales. Ms. La Forgia comes to the cinema ad sales and content-distribution company after serving as exec VP-sales at RMG Networks, a digital and video place-based media company. Prior to RMG, she was president of the Digital Place-based Advertising Association (formerly OVAB). She has also held executive positions at Hotel Networks, Oxygen Media, Hallmark Channel and HGTV.
Drew Atherton has been named Bleacher Report's first chief financial officer. Before joining the fast-growing sports site, Mr. Atherton was chief operating and chief financial officer of eNom, the Registrar Services Division of Demand Media. Prior to that , he was VP-finance for United Online, where he started with United's predecessor company, NetZero, and held several financial planning and analysis positions at both United Online and its subsidiaries, Classmates Online and MyPoints.com. Mr. Atherton was a core member of the team that executed NetZero's initial public offering, its secondary offering to Qualcomm and the acquisition of Juno Online Services.
Weber Shandwick has added Josh Rose as chief creative officer-multiplatform campaigns, and has promoted Josh Gilbert to exec VP-strategy and Alan Kercinik to exec VP-director of engagement for North America. Mr. Rose makes the move from Deutsch, Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years, most recently as head of digital creative. He has received numerous awards for his online work, including Addys, Webbys, Clios, Beldings and Effies. Mr. Rose will be based in Los Angeles, while Mr. Gilbert is based in New York and Mr. Kercinik works out of the firm's Chicago office.