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ADWEEKMEDIA’S PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Emmaus, PA and New York, NY, March 23, 2009 – Rodale Inc. today announced that MaryAnn Bekkedahl, EVP, Group Publisher, has been named AdweekMedia magazine’s Publishing Executive of the Year. Women’s Health and Men’s Health earned the #4 and #7 spots, respectively, on AdweekMedia‘s annual Hot List, and Bicycling earned the #10 spot on AdweekMedia‘s “10 Under 60” Hot List.
“I am so pleased that MaryAnn is being honored by our industry with this well-deserved recognition,” said Steven Pleshette Murphy, Rodale President and CEO. “Her creativity, energy, and leadership through certain and uncertain times are unparalleled. Rodale was #1 among the top 10 publishers in terms of advertising page performance for 2007 and 2008, but the reasons MaryAnn deserves this honor far exceed dollars and cents. She is a true ambassador for Rodale, connecting our clients with our audiences around messages of health and wellness in print, online, and through events that bring our brands to life. Our readers trust our brands, and our clients trust MaryAnn and her team. She has earned that trust and this recognition.”
Bekkedahl, who joined Rodale in 1994, is responsible for the advertising sales and trade marketing efforts as they relate to all Rodale print and digital properties including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, Organic Gardening, Running Times, and their respective Web sites. She also oversees the company’s integrated marketing programs, corporate ad sales, events, and custom publishing.
At #4 on AdweekMedia‘s Hot List, Women’s Health finished 2008 up 12% in advertising pages, marking the ninth highest percent increase of all magazines. Subscriptions finished the year up 42% and single-copy sales increased by 10% over 2007. AdweekMedia noted that the brand “pulls off no small feat in adapting Men’s Health‘s irreverent voice to a female audience.”
AdweekMedia cited the ability of Men’s Health, #7 on the Hot List, to connect with readers even as the economy wavered, calling it a “behemoth” in its category. The magazine scored one of its bestselling issues ever in January/February 2008, despite a cover price increase.
Bicycling earned the #10 spot on the “10 Under 60 List” for magazines with under $60 million in advertising revenues. Cited for its “smart integrated ad packages and a strong Web site” as well as a “passionate, affluent” audience, the brand added 54 new advertising accounts in 2008 and saw a 3.6% increase in circulation over 2007. This marks the fourth year in a row that Bicycling has earned a spot on the list.
“As always, it’s a tremendous honor to have multiple Rodale properties represented on the Hot List,” said Murphy. “Thanks to the hard work of Jack Essig, SVP, Publisher, Men’s Health/Women’s Health; Dave Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief, Men’s Health, and Editorial Director, Women’s Health; SVP/Publisher, Prevention, Mary Murcko, who led the Women’s Health publishing team during its remarkable run in 2008; Michele Promaulayko, Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Health; Chris Lambiase, VP, Publisher, Running and Cycling; and Loren Mooney, Editor-in-Chief, Bicycling, and their respective teams, these brands are as vibrant as they have ever been.”
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 An Inconvenient Truth, The South Beach 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. www.rodale.com