Monday, September 26, 2011

Kerry Mitchell, Ken Whyte's right-hand woman, let go from Rogers Consumer Publishing

It was announced today that two of the most senior publishing executives of Rogers Consumer Publishing have been let go. The most senior is Kerry Mitchell, the vice-president who had been a right hand and operative for president and publisher Ken Whyte. She had been with the company 9 years and had been involved in various firings and restructurings at magazines such as Chatelaine and Today's Parent; now, she has been restructured out of a job herself. Also gone is Kathryn Brownlie, senior vice-president of sales, consumer publishing, who had progressed through the company from working with the news and business group starting 9 years ago.
"For the time being, Lorraine Hoefler will assume leadership on the sales side of our business," said the memorandum, signed by Whyte. "Rosemary Munroe will assist in leading the teams at Today's Parent Group, FLARE, GLOW and Pure. Jim Hicks will continue to lead his brands."
Whyte's memo also said that at "town hall" sessions scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto and Montreal "I'll be sharing information about our publishing company, the larger Rogers organization within which we operate, our challenges and opportunities, and the structural changes behind the aforementioned departures."
It was
back in 2009 that Whyte and Mitchell were put in charge of the consolidation of consumer magazines at Rogers. Whyte, who had been editor and publisher of Maclean's magazine, became vice-president, responsible as publisher for Maclean's, Canadian Business, Profit and MoneySense magazines.

Mitchell, the publisher of Chatelaine, became vice-president and assumed the publisher's job at Flare as well as becoming executive publisher of trade and custom titles Cosmetics, Cosmétiques, Glow and Pure magazines in the role of executive publisher. Recently, Whyte was named to succeed Brian Segal as president of Rogers Publishing, responsible for all consumer and trade publications.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow talk about cleaning house. Bringing new blood to Rogers titles occurs every 3-4 years to keep them strong. But I pity the senior people that have limited job opportunities when they leave. They can all start a magazine though.

5:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, justice for the magazine business. Someone discovered Kerry Mitchell should have been ousted years ago. How many lives has she ruined?

7:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...what is happening at Rogers. the next few days will definately be interesting. staying tuned.

8:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... Ken Whyte is pretty ruthless. Brian Segal is barely out the door and Ken gives his formal colleague the axe. And it was Kerry's birthday yesterday!
But it all makes sense... 'profits before people' is what Rogers does best.

9:50 am  
Anonymous Mr. Alan said...

and the ruthless Byzantine intrigue at One Mount Pleasant never subsides... that is one very poisonous building.

3:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous #4 & Mr. Alan, did you ever think perhaps Mitchell had it coming for her string of dubious decisions/hires/contract losses? Think Sarah (Who?) Angel, Karine (Who?) Ewart, the loss of the Glow contract, her toxic management style and, and, and...

10:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karma. Now, when does Whyte get the ax?

12:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitchell had it coming? Really? Why, because she had she guts to manage and make tough decisions? A bit too serious maybe, but compared to her peers, she's a standout for thinking on her feet and calling it like it is. (And FYI, Rogers didnt want the new Glow deal).
Sure Angel was a flake and a mistake... but if you dam every publisher who's hired a flake editor, you better get ready to make a long list. I bet if she was a he, you wouldn't be so harsh. All-in-all one of very few publishers who could hold her own in a room full of slow-moving old boys.

6:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Mitchell had it coming to her.. Made some bad decisions and definitely ruined some lives. It's karma. I'm glad someone made that call.

11:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry definitely had this coming and needed the wake-up call...time for her to look at her management style. It could only be classified as poor at best...

5:48 pm  

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