/// Steven Swartz to Succeed Frank Bennack as CEO of Hearst Corp.
Steven Swartz was named the new CEO of Hearst Corp., succeeding Frank Bennack. This is an orderly transition at a private company that's known for its stability and buttoned-up culture. Swartz, 51, has been groomed for the role, having been named COO in 2011 and adding the title of president in December . A vet of the print side, he became evp of Hearst’s newspaper division in 2001, having been president and CEO of SmartMoney, then a joint venture between Hearst and Dow Jones & Co. As CEO, he’ll oversee a diversified media empire that encompasses not only 15 daily newspapers and leading consumers magazines including Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping but 29 TV stations and ownership in cable networks including A&E and ESPN. His new appointment takes effect June 1. Swartz will become only the seventh CEO in the 126-year history of Hearst, a company that’s had stable leadership against a backdrop of upheaval for the media industry and in contrast to such peers as Time Inc., which is preparing to spin off from Time Warner and replace its CEO; and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which ditched its CEO of six months in December. The man Swartz replaces, Bennack, 80, has been with the company for 50 years, serving as its CEO for 28 years, longer than any of his predecessors except for William Randolph Hearst. Bennack will remain on the board as executive vice chairman and chair of its executive committee. Here’s the text of Bennack’s note to employees announcing the change in leadership: Dear Colleagues: Today, I want to share some important news about the future leadership of our company. After a combined 28 years leading this great organization, I am passing the baton to Steven Swartz, who will become chief executive officer on June 1, 2013.
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Steven Swartz to Succeed Frank Bennack as CEO of Hearst Corp.