OLD Media Moves

WSJ ad sales chief quits

February 9, 2007

Advertising Age’s Nat Ives is reporting that the Wall Street Journal is looking for a new head of advertising sales.

Ives wrote, “The Wall Street Journal today confirmed that Judy Barry is stepping down as head of print advertising sales and marketing, effective next month, and said it has begun the search for a successor. Advertising Age first reported the news last night.

“In an internal memo this morning, Journal Publisher L. Gordon Crovitz described Ms. Barry’s resignation — which happened fast enough that the paper’s spokesman was unaware of it when contacted yesterday by Ad Age — as something fairly expected.

Wall Street Journal“‘When Judy agreed to move into this role in 2005 from her position as head of advertising marketing, she indicated tha she did not want this to be a long-term assignment,’ Mr. Crovitz wrote. ‘While we managed to persuade Judy to remain in this role longer than she intended, Judy decided the time had come to step down.’

“The memo did not address Ms. Barry’s reasons for leaving; Ms. Barry declined to comment last night.”

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