STAFFING UP: Alpha Media Group is bulking up its management ranks with two hires. Joseph Mangione has been named chief marketing officer, coming out of retirement to take the job. Mangione will be responsible for integrated marketing efforts for Maxim and Blender’s print and online properties, as well as its event promotions division, Alpha Productions. Mangione retired a year ago from his position as president, sales and marketing for media company CanWest Global Communications Corp. Before that, he was executive vice president, integrated sales at Time Warner and has worked for Meredith Corp., Billboard Publications and Playboy Enterprises.
Additionally, Alpha Media chief executive Kent Brownridge — who himself came out of retirement to take over the former Dennis Publishing this summer — has swapped executives with his old boss Jann Wenner. Sean Fenlon, formerly Wenner’s director of manufacturing services, joined Alpha Media last week as director of manufacturing and distribution, while his predecessor, Lou Terracciano, went to Wenner to fill Fenlon’s position.
Elsewhere at Wenner Publishing, Men’s Journal associate publisher Matt Mastrangelo has been promoted to the newly created position of executive director, corporate sales and marketing. Mastrangelo will oversee corporate advertising sales and integrated programs for Us Weekly, Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone, and report to chief marketing officer Gary Armstrong. Replacing Mastrangelo will be advertising director Jeremy Levine. Men’s Journal will close a record year with 1,250 ad pages, up 16 percent from last year. — Stephanie D. Smith
HOME AWAY: Just a day after the kickoff of House & Garden’s largest event in years, its first ever Design Week, the magazine’s vice president and publisher Joseph Lagani left to explore the World Wide Web. Lagani will become vice president, general manager of GlamLiving.com, the design, travel and entertainment segment of online female-centric portal Glam Media. Lagani helped turn ad pages around at the Condé Nast shelter title, and even earned the Turnaround of the Year award from Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend at the annual publisher’s meeting in February. (Through September, pages have slipped by 1 percent, to 624 pages.) Lagani gave notice of his departure Wednesday morning to Townsend and House & Garden editor in chief Dominique Browning. He will assume his new position Nov. 1 and report to Glam Media chairman and ceo Samir Arora. GlamLiving.com launched Wednesday. A replacement for Lagani has not been named. — S.D.S.