NEW YORK — Kevin Belden, executive director of integrated marketing at Condé Nast Publications, died Tuesday.
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Belden, 40, collapsed at his desk Tuesday and was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital here after several attempts to resuscitate him. He was rerouted and officially pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
Belden had a serious heart condition, but the cause of death was not immediately known at press time, said a Condé Nast spokeswoman.
Belden reported to Richard Beckman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Condé Nast.
“Kevin was wonderfully gifted, incredibly well liked,” said Beckman. “He was a wonderful colleague and a lovely person.”
A Manhattan resident, Belden held several key positions in publishing. Early in his career, he was merchandising and communications manager at Details, and went on to become promotion director at GQ, where he worked under Beckman, who was publisher at the time. He then left to join In Style, where he rose to associate publisher-marketing. He returned to Condé Nast in March 2002 as executive director of creative services for the corporate sales and marketing department, and was promoted to his most recent post last month.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Shirley Belden of Grands Rapids, Mich.