Age/bio: 40, born in Richmond, Va. B.A. in English, Vassar College, 1978; MBA, New York University, 1983.
Career highlights: Mr. Kauffman's first job was as a media planner at Benton & Bowles. After a stint as brand manager at Lever Bros., he moved to the media world as marketing manager for Playboy, then publisher of Newsweek on Campus and Newsweek on Health and general manager of Newsweek's education division; marketing director for Money and Life; publisher of Entertainment Weekly; and VP-business development for Time Warner Interactive. Joined CompuServe as VP-consumer markets, 1995; general manager, WOW!, 1995-96; current post, July 1996-.