OLD Media Moves

Dow Jones names new executive leadership team

June 19, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Dow Jones & Co.‘s new executive leadership team was announced Tuesday by Chief Executive Officer Lex Fenwick in the wake of the resignation by president Todd Larsen.

Fenwick also hinted at new products from the company coming soon.

Alisa Bowen, currently general manager of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, has been promoted to head of product for Dow Jones. In this role, she will oversee the company’s continued innovation with an integrated product group comprising both consumer and enterprise businesses.

Bowen’s appointment emphasizes the company’s commitment to The Wall Street Journal franchise, in particular investment in print, as well as expansion of online, mobile and video initiatives, and the company’s suite of institutional products, including Factiva. She will also oversee the company’s growing conference business.

Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Journal, said in a statement, “Our investment plans for The Wall Street Journal newspaper will become clearer in coming days, and we will certainly be expanding our news network globally, on other platforms and in other languages.

“There is no doubt that we have the pre-eminent journalistic team in the U.S., and we have an enthusiastic, experienced executive team that shares our sense of content purpose. Whether it’s virtue or verticals, Dow Jones will lead the way.”

The company is also creating a new department, Data Strategy, which will integrate research teams across Dow Jones who collect commercial and market data for institutional products and enterprise customers. The department will be run by Joe Lanza, currently president of Financial Markets for Dow Jones, and report directly to Fenwick.

Additional executive moves include:

Kelly Leach, currently senior vice president of strategy, has been promoted to managing director for Dow Jones for its businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in London, and will become publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe.

Jennifer Jehn, currently senior vice president of marketing, has been promoted to head of circulation, responsible for the development of circulation and subscription sales across the company’s print and digital publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the largest newspaper in the U.S.

Tracy David has been promoted to head of marketing, succeeding Jehn, and will guide global marketing and brand development across the company, including key brands such as The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Factiva and MarketWatch, among others.

Victoria Chin has been promoted to head of customer service, responsible for managing and evolving the company’s consumer and institutional customer service worldwide.

Dan Hayter has been named head of institutional sales, Americas, for Dow Jones, responsible for leading enterprise sales and new business opportunities for corporate and financial markets products, including Factiva. He succeeds John Lee, who left the company earlier this month.

The aforementioned executives will report to Fenwick, who assumed his current role in February.

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