Discovery Communications has named Jean-Briac Perrette as chief digital officer, effective Oct. 17. Mr. Perrette most recently served as president-digital and affiliate distribution and content-distribution strategy for NBCUniversal, where he also helped launch new digital channels Sleuth, Chiller and Universal HD and played a leadership role in developing Hulu. In his new position, he will lead digital strategy, including Discovery's U.S. websites (Discovery.com, TLC.com and HowStuffWorks.com, among others), interactive technology, digital operations and programming group, and will head digital distribution efforts with non-traditional affiliates such as Apple, Netflix and Amazon. He will also be responsible for Discovery Commerce.
Upon Craig Dubow's resignation as chairman-CEO of Gannett, Gannett has named Marjorie Magner, an independent director since 2006, to become non-executive chairman of the board and Gracia Martore to become president-CEO. Ms. Martore joined Gannett in 1985 after 12 years in banking and became chief financial officer in 2003, exec VP in 2006, and president and chief operating officer in 2010. Ms. Magner is managing partner of Brysam Global Partners, a private-equity firm investing in financial-services firms. Ms. Magner left Citigroup in 2005 after 18 years, most recently serving as chairman-CEO of the Global Consumer Group. Mr. Dubow cited medical reasons for the resignation after taking a leave of absence in September, his second in two years.
Diane Malloy has been named publisher of Ladies' Home Journal. Ms. Malloy was formerly VP- sales and associate publisher for Women's Health, where she spent the past two-and-a-half years. Prior to that , she was the associate publisher of Prevention for three years, and has held various roles at both Teen People and People magazines.
Robin Domeniconi has been appointed VP-marketing at Vente-Privee USA, the online flash-sales club. She had been senior VP and chief brand officer at Elle until May, when Hearst acquired publishing rights to the magazine and named her to a corporate role focused on business and strategic development. Vente-Privee USA is a joint venture between American Express and Vente-Privee.com.
AdBrite has tapped Rick Cotton as chief revenue officer. A longtime internet executive, Mr. Cotton will focus on driving the adoption of Real-Time Pricing, a tool that optimizes the floor price for every page view on a publisher property on the web, for the independent ad exchange. He most recently led consumer advertising sales as a senior VP at Monster.com, while also serving as general manager for Fastweb.com, a division providing online services to help students pay for college. Prior to Monster, he was the general sales manager for CBS Radio.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has appointed Roger Frizzell VP-corporate relations and chief communications officer. Mr. Frizzell, who had been VP-corporate communications at American Airlines, will oversee internal and external communications, online communications and advertising at PG&E. Before coming to American Airlines in 2003, Mr. Frizzell helped lead communications for Compaq Computer during its merger with and integration into Hewlett-Packard's computer business. He also helped manage communications related to the spinoff of Lucent from AT&T.
Fox Broadcasting Company announced a restructuring of marketing and communications functions with three senior VP to exec VP-level promotions. Reporting to Fox President Marketing & Communications Joe Earley are: Laurel Bernard, who has been elevated to exec VP-marketing; Brian Dollenmayer, who has been promoted to exec VP-on air promotion and marketing operations; and Shannon Ryan, who is now exec VP-marketing and communications.
Coco Jones has joined Relativity Media as exec VP-marketing partnerships. Most recently, Ms. Jones was with JiWire, a mobile media company, and Current TV, where she was VP, leading cross-platform ad sales and partnership development. She has also worked at Yahoo, where she spent six years managing strategic accounts in entertainment, retail, consumer packaged goods and technology. Additionally, Ms. Jones launched Variety's digital platform Variety.com, as head of sales and marketing, and built sales and marketing for IFILM, the first online showcase for user-created content, now owned by MTV . In her new role, she will lead marketing partnerships for films including the upcoming "Immortals," "Haywire," "Act of Valor," "The Raven" and Relativity's Untitled Snow White.
Anna Cahill Leonard has been appointed president of Cohn &Wolfe's AxiCom U.S. She joins the global technology communications firm from Blanc & Otus, where she was chief operating officer and exec VP. There she directed San Francisco Bay Area operations, led new business for the agency and served as strategic advisor to key Blanc & Otus clients, such as Cisco, Facebook and Oracle.