Rodale Inc. Promotes Jeff Tkach to Publisher, Organic Gardening

Position will include publishing oversight of the 70-year old magazine and organicgardening.com

Emmaus, PA, February 6, 2012 – Rodale Inc. today announced that Jeff Tkach has been promoted to Publisher, Organic Gardening, effective immediately. In his new role, Tkach will lead print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts across the brand. He will report directly to Chris Lambiase, SVP, Group Publishing Director.

Tkach’s appointment kicks off Organic Gardening’s 70th anniversary year, setting the stage for ongoing growth of a brand that he has been instrumental in reinventing. As Associate Publisher, Tkach helped lead Organic Gardening’s re-launch, which involved a strategic branding shift to incorporate relevant food and lifestyle topics. In addition to pushing new advertising opportunities forward, these moves earned the title a spot on Adweek’s prestigious “Hot List: 10 Under 60” and min’s Editorial & Design Award for “Best Magazine Redesign.”

“A powerful advocate for a healthy, active lifestyle, Jeff embodies the spirit we value at Rodale, and he uses this passion to cultivate true partnerships with advertisers,” said Lambiase. “Thanks to his keen eye for brand development, Jeff is supporting more than the bottom line; he is crafting a new breed of magazine that engages ad partners and their audiences beyond the printed pages.”

As a result of his ability to create integrated marketing campaigns with proven results, Tkach has aggressively increased ad performance since joining Organic Gardening in 2006. Organic Gardening’s 2011 ad paging has grown 82 percent and revenue has catapulted nearly 230 percent compared with 2006, according to PIB. Keeping in line with the magazine’s evolving content and audience, Tkach led a dramatic shift from a 90 percent endemic roster of gardening companies to a diversified advertising base that is now 65 percent mainstream household brands. Tkach has also made an impression on the digital advertising front, managing a 454 percent increase in revenue during the same period.

Tkach joined Rodale in 2001 as a Marketing Analyst for the Single Copy Sales division and quickly ascended to become East Coast Account Manager for Backpacker by 2005. Shifting brands in 2006, Tkach took on the Account Manager role at Organic Gardening, where he was first promoted to Advertising Director and then to Associate Publisher in 2009.

A Pennsylvania native, Tkach resides in Allentown. He earned a degree in Business Marketing from Kutztown University and enjoys cycling, CrossFit training, traveling and cooking. He regularly speaks at various organizations and non-profits to help others achieve vibrant health through better lifestyle choices.

About Organic Gardening (www.organicgardening.com)

Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2012, Rodale’s Organic Gardening is the leading magazine resource for an organic approach to home, food and garden. With the mission of “living lightly from the ground up,” the magazine empowers readers to lead simpler, healthier lives by making positive connections with the world through gardening. Featuring fresh ideas for home-cooked meals, accessible tips, tools and tricks for gardeners of all skill levels, and gorgeous photography that inspires, Organic Gardening helps readers garden to truly live their whole lives.

Follow Organic Gardening on Twitter @OGMag and Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrganicGardening. Organic Gardening is also available on the iPad.

Media Inquiries

Executive Director, Corporate Communications Katie Hunsberger Katherine.Hunsberger@Rodale.com 212-808-1372
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