Karin Tracy has been named publisher of Entertainment Weekly. She succeeds Jason Wagenheim and is the first woman to hold the position. Since February 2010, Ms. Tracy has served as publisher of People StyleWatch, which under her leadership was named "Magazine of the Year" in Advertising Age's 2010 Magazine A-List. Ms. Tracy joined StyleWatch from InStyle, where she was associate publisher. Prior to InStyle, she was the associate publisher at Lucky for three years and advertising director for Teen Vogue. She has also held various sales positions at Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Interview.
Jack Laschever has rejoined Forbes Media as chief marketing officer. A 25-year veteran of the media industry, Mr. Laschever originally joined Forbes in July 2004, and left to serve DPEC Partners as a senior managing director of Venture Capital. At Forbes, he was VP-group publisher, overseeing ForbesLife and custom publishing. Prior to joining Forbes, Mr. Laschever was president of the Miller Sports Group, publishers of Tennis, Cruising World and Sailing World. He began his career in advertising sales with the launch of European Travel and Life, and then joined Esquire magazine. He also held several key positions at American Express Publishing, including associate publisher of Travel & Leisure and publisher of Departures, and formerly served as publisher of GQ.
Everyday Health has appointed Paul Slavin senior VP-general manager, global news and Everyday Health Studios. The new position reflects the company's expanding operations in video and health reporting. Mr. Slavin was previously senior VP-new media at ABC News, where he was responsible for digital content (including ABCNews.com), mobile and broadband communications. Mr. Slavin will be responsible for expanding news operations, including developing opportunities for professional business unit MedpageToday, and for leading a new video unit, Everyday Health Studios, which includes the recently launched Everyday Health TV series, airing on ABC affiliates. Mr. Slavin has won numerous awards for his reporting and production, including 12 broadcast Emmy Awards.
GroupM has named John Kristick global CEO of GroupM Entertainment & Sports Partnerships (ESP), its entertainment and sports consultancy unit. Mr. Kristick most recently served as a managing director of Premier Partnerships, a sports and entertainment sales and marketing firm. Prior to that assignment he was managing director for the USA Bid Committee, the organization that led the United States' bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Before his role with the Bid Committee, Mr. Kristick was based in Europe for 15 years, where he was an executive director for Infront Sports & Media, working with clients such as FIFA, several European football national associations, the International Ice Hockey Federation and other major winter sports federations. From 2006-2008, he oversaw the group's business activities in Asia, including the rebranding, sales and marketing of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Reshma Pendleton has joined IMC2 as VP-client partner to manage its RadioShack and World Vision accounts. Before joining the agency, Ms. Pendleton led teams at R/GA, Organic , Wunderman and Tribal DDB. She also served as the director of delivery at Euro RSCG. She is best known for her work leading Nike 's repositioning effort in India, where she created a communication platform for all digital mediums and launched the first Nike ecommerce initiative in that country.
Doner has hired Matthew Casselton as exec VP-director of digital strategy, and Gary Gonya as senior VP-director of account planning. Prior to Doner, Mr. Casselton served Team Detroit, Dearborn, Mich., as director-digital strategy. While there, he led strategic direction for the digital marketing of the Ford and Lincoln divisions. Mr. Gonya comes to Doner from Leo Burnett, Chicago, where he served as VP- planning director. He previously held strategy leadership roles at Deutsch, Los Angeles; Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami & Boulder, Colo.; and Berlin Cameron, New York, and has led strategic planning efforts for brands such as Coca-Cola Classic, Sony PlayStation, Sprite, Nintendo, Miller High Life and Hershey's. Mr. Gonya also helped launch Blender Magazine.
IAC's Electus has announced Chris Grant will join the multimedia studio as CEO on Nov. 1. In his new role, he will take responsibility for the company's next phase of growth across global TV, digital and branded entertainment. Mr. Grant previously served as president of Shine International, the global sales and distribution arm responsible for distributing programming from the Shine Group companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Grant was a managing director at production and distribution company Reveille, the production and distribution company that was founded by Electus founder and Chairman Ben Silverman. There, he was responsible for overseeing the company's International Distribution and Creative Affairs division.