Rodale Inc. Promotes Mary Murcko To EVP, Group Publisher

Laura Petasnick Promoted To Publisher, Prevention

Emmaus, PA and New York, September 29, 2010— Rodale Inc. today announced that Mary Murcko has been promoted to EVP, Group Publisher, effective immediately. Murcko will now lead all print and digital advertising sales and marketing efforts, and will assume full P&L responsibility across Rodale’s magazines. Jack Essig, SVP/Publishing Director, Men’s Health/Women’s Health, and Chris Lambiase, VP/Publisher, Runner’s World, Running Times, Bicycling, and Mountain Bike, will now report to Murcko, as will Laura Petasnick, who has been promoted to Publisher, Prevention, effective immediately.

“Mary’s ability to lead, motivate, and accelerate her business has been inspiring on multiple levels,” said Gregg Michaelson, President, Integrated Marketing & Sales and CMO of Rodale. “Her track record is indisputable, and her high level of creativity and ingenuity has been proven time and again. As the leader of our entire sales and marketing team, Mary will inspire a higher level of collaboration among our brands, helping them continue to brilliantly execute their strategies and create powerful integrated programs that exceed advertiser needs, all while maintaining Rodale’s position in the marketplace as the preeminent vehicle for reaching and engaging a healthy lifestyle audience.”

Throughout her six years at Rodale, Murcko has achieved success increasing advertising revenue and brand awareness across multiple Rodale brands including Prevention, Organic Gardening, Women’s Health, and Best Life. Under her watch, Prevention grew 11% in ad pages through the September issue and 10% in market share while Organic Gardening is up 8% in advertising pages and’s online revenue more than doubled from 2009 to 2010. While Murcko was at the helm of Women’s Health, the magazine was one of the fastest growing in the industry, with a 12% increase in advertising pages from 2007-2008 alone. In 2008, the magazine was #2 on Advertising Age’s “A-List” and #1 on Adweek’s annual “10 Under 50 Hot List.” In that same year, Media Industry Newsletter named her a “Sales Team Leader of the Year.” She was also named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” in June 2009. And previously, as the launch publisher of Best Life, Murcko opened the door for Rodale into the luxury market.

Laura Petasnick Promoted to Publisher, Prevention
Rodale Inc. also announced the promotion of Laura Petasnick to Publisher, Prevention, effective immediately.

Under Petasnick’s leadership, the Prevention sales team has secured 99 new advertisers in the past year alone, and has grown in several categories including beauty, retail, DTC, and OTC. Prior to joining Prevention, Petasnick was the Advertising Director at Condé Nast’s Vogue. Prior to her post at Vogue, Petasnick spent eight years at Time Inc., most recently as Vice President, Corporate Sales, where she spearheaded the corporate accounts in the beauty and fashion categories. She was also previously the Executive Director, Fashion & Beauty Advertising at Real Simple and was a vital part of the Real Simple launch team.

Said Murcko, “Laura has a deep-rooted understanding of the Prevention reader and their desire for all things food, fitness, and beauty. I have every confidence that she will continue to successfully connect marketers with this passionate audience of healthy lifestyle enthusiasts who actively engage with brands that invest in their interests.”

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About Rodale Inc.
Rodale is a global media company with a heritage, mission, and authority dedicated to the health and wellness of the individual, community, and planet. Through a broad portfolio of leading media properties, Rodale reaches more than 70 million people around the world through multiple distribution channels, including magazines, books, online, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, and video. The company publishes some of the best-known health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Men’s Health, Prevention, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times, and Organic Gardening, and is the largest independent book publisher in the United States, with a collection of bestselling titles, including Al Gore’s Our Choice, Flat Belly Diet!, and Eat This, Not That! Rodale is also a leader in direct-response marketing and has more than 25 million active customers in its database.

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