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Mandel joins VNU as CEO of new NielsenConnect

Ad agency veteran Jon Mandel has joined media giant VNU as CEO of NielsenConnect, a new business unit. VNU said NielsenConnect would draw information from the dozens of VNU divisions, such as ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research, and package it in new ways for clients. Mandel joins VNU from WPP Group's Group M, where he was chief of strategic solutions.

PennWell chooses Platt, Pritchard as group publishers

PennWell Corp. has named Chris Platt group publisher of Solid State Technology and Advanced Packaging magazines. Platt joins PennWell from Reed Business Information, where he worked with Electronic News and Electronic Business, among other products. PennWell also named Tim Pritchard group publisher of Surface Mount Technology. Pritchard will continue as group publisher of Lightwave, Portable Design and Connector Specifier .

CNET announces resignation of president-COO Briggs

CNET Networks announced that Barry Briggs has resigned as president-COO to pursue other opportunities. The company, which operates technology news Web sites, said it has no plans to replace him at this time. He joined CNET in 2000 following the company's acquisition of ZDNet, where he served as president. The announcement of Briggs' departure came two months after CNET chairman-CEO Shelby Bonnie resigned because of his role in the company's backdated stock options controversy.

Prism Business Media/Penton Media taps Lundberg as CFO

Prism Business Media announced the appointment of Eric Lundberg as CFO of the combined Prism Business Media/Penton Media company to be formed upon completion of Prism's previously announced acquisition of Penton Media. The Prism acquisition of Penton is expected to close in the first half of 2007. Lundberg had served as VP-CFO of ALM since 2003. He joined ALM in 1995.

'Professional Carwashing & Detailing' names Carr editor

NTP Media has named Kathyrn Carr editor of Professional Carwashing & Detailing , which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Carr will also be in charge of content for the publication's Web site ( and its twice-weekly online publication, "Professional Car Care E-news." NTP Media is a division of the Grand View Media Group.

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