HEARST TAPS SPENCER FOR WOMAN'S DAY
Hearst Magazines has named Susan Spencer, a Time Inc. veteran, as editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day effective Feb. 6. She replaces Elizabeth Mayhew, who is leaving the company.
For the past five years, Spencer has been executive editor of All You, the value-focused magazine that covers consumer products, food, health and relationships.
From 2001 to 2007, Spencer was at Time Inc.’s content solutions unit, where she rose to deputy managing editor in charge of developing magazines for American Express, Unilever and Pfizer.
Earlier, Spencer was senior editor at Child and Diversion.
The Woman’s Day platform reaches more than 20M readers. The magazine celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
MEREDITH ACQUIRES ALLRECIPES.COM
Meredith Corp. has agreed to acquire Allrecipes.com in a $175M deal that is expected to close at the end of the quarter.
Owned by Readers Digest Assn., Allrecipes.com has a database of 500K recipes that have been downloaded by more than 11M people. Its audience is 70 percent female with a household income of $73K.
Tim Harty, president of Meredith’s national media group, says the acquisition significantly enhances the company's digital platform and reinforces its leadership in the food category.
The company says it can now offer marketers an audience of more than 100M unduplicated women.
SINCLAIR TO EDIT FRENCH HUFFPO
Anne Sinclair, journalist and wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, will edit the French version of The Huffington Post. The site is a partnership with AOL and Le Monde.
Sinclair had her own TV interview show during the `80s and `90s, but gave it up when Strauss-Kahn became France's finance minister.
She stood by him after sexual assault charges were filed by a hotel chambermaid in New York. Those charges were ultimately dismissed.
WEATHER CHANNEL PUTS KENNEY IN CHARGE
The Weather Channel has named Dave Kenney, ex-president of Akamai and former CEO of Publicis Groupe’s Digitas Inc., CEO.
He succeeds Mike Kelly, who took the helm in 2009.
Kenney says he was attracted to the post because “weather is fascinating.” He’s eager to further the integration of TWC TV, digital and mobile platforms and develop new programming.
The WTC is owned by NBC Universal, Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. The group issued a statement that praised Kenney’s “leadership experience and vision to drive global initiatives across all platforms.”
Kelly will serve as a special adviser to Kenney and Bain Capital. TWC reaches more than 160 people through its multiple offerings.