Magazine article Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management

Ones to Watch

Magazine article Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management

Ones to Watch

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MAGAZINE AND MEDIA executives are pushing the envelope and discovering big and incremental successes every day. Here, we profile some who are currently exploring promising strategies that just might land them on our FOLIO: 40 list next year.

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Jack Griffin

HIS OUSTER AS TIME INC. CEO after less than six months is one of the most dramatic stories of the year. In uncharacteristically blunt language for this type of move, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said that Griffin's leadership style "did not mesh with Time Inc." (many reports say Bewkes and Griffin never meshed either), while Griffin blamed "entrenched interests" at the company. Now the focus is on where Griffin will land next.

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Cathie Black

THE SAME COULD BE SAID of Cathie Black, who left her 15-year position as president of Hearst Magazines to become chancellor of the New York City school system in November, only to be dismissed on April 7. Will Black look to return to a stellar media career? Or will she look to return to Washington, D.C., where she had a very successful run as a lobbyist when she was CEO of the National Newspaper Association?

Roger Friedman

CEO, Lebhar-Friedman

LEBHAR-FRIEDMAN WAS LONG considered one of the best-run independent b-to-b publishers. But at the close of 2010, in a move that was representative of many b-to-b executives who made aggressive M&A deals between 2005-2008 only to watch returns collapse along with the economy and covenants become unmanageable, CEO Roger Friedman had to sell flagship brand Nations Restaurant News as well as the Dowden Health Media unit he bought for an estimated $40 million in order to square the company with creditor GE Capital. "Profitability was never the question," according to Friedman. With that in mind, how does Friedman build the company back up in its remaining markets? …

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