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Laberis returns to lead new `Computerworld' custom group

IDG Corp.'s Computerworld has named Bill Laberis to lead a new custom media division. Laberis, who has been named VP-custom content strategy, served as Computerworld's editor in chief from 1986 to 1996. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing white papers, special print and online sections, webinars and other custom content designed for specific audiences. Prior to returning to Computerworld, Laberis was president of Laberis Associates, a custom publishing and media consulting company.

PennWell appoints Westervelt VP-COO of Equipment Exchange

PennWell Corp., a b-to-b media company focused on energy markets, named Paul Westervelt VP-COO of its PennEnergy Equipment Exchange. The exchange, based in Houston, is a wholly owned PennWell subsidiary that links buyers and sellers of used and surplus oilfield and electric power equipment.

Hanley Wood Marketing hires VP-interactive strategy

Hanley Wood Marketing, the marketing communications arm of Hanley Wood Media, has hired Kerry Manaster as VP-interactive strategy. Manaster was previously VP-interactive at Noble, Chicago. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing online marketing programs for Hanley Wood clients.

CNET business division names Silverman VP-sales

Online media company CNET has named Wayne Silverman VP-sales for its business division, which includes BNET, TechRepublic and ZDNET. Silverman joined CNET from IDG Corp., where he was most recently VP-publisher and executive in charge of "PC World's Digital Duo," the company's TV and Web extension of IDG flagship PC World.

Fink tapped as executive editor of `FinancialWeek'

FinancialWeek has named Ron Fink executive editor. Prior to joining the magazine, Fink spent nine years at CFO magazine, where he was most recently deputy editor. FinancialWeek (55,000 circ.), which was launched earlier this year, targets the upper tier of financial decision-makers at the largest U.S. corporations. FinancialWeek, like BtoB, is published by Crain Communications Inc.

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