Thursday, November 26, 2009

Major shakeup at Transcon Media

Major and game-changing management changes are being made at Transcontinental Media, Canada's largest consumer magazine publisher, with this morning's announcement that Jacqueline Howe, vice president and group publisher English Canada consumer publications in Toronto, and Marilyn Kielly, director, finance, will be leaving the company as their positions have been eliminated. There is a major consolidation of all business management across the company, driven by Denis Aubin.

Howe in particular has been a key player in consumer publishing at Transcon ever since the takeover of Avid Media titles in 2004.

Caroline Andrews,group publisher, sports & entertainment/home & garden group, Lynn Chambers, group publisher, Canadian Living/Homemakers group, Pat Strangis, director of newsstand and Chris Purcell, vice president of consumer marketing will now report to Pierre Marcoux, senior vice-president and member of the controlling family of Transcontinental Inc. Rita Silvan, editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada, will report to Francine Tremblay, senior vice president, consumer publications - Montreal.

Aubin, in effect becomes the one, national business manager for the company's publishing operations. As director of business management for the business and consumer solutions group, he will be responsible for business and consumer publications in Toronto and Montreal while retaining his role as business manager for the western group. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacqueline Howe will certainly be missed for her considerable knowledge and business savvy, not to mention her leadership skills.

3:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You missed the shakeup in late September where 60 people across the company were laid off, several production units shut down, and the nine business units consolidated into five.

4:06 pm  
Blogger D. B. Scott said...

The last major Transcon magazine layoff we reported on was last June, when 29 people were laid off. If, of the 60 you say were laid off in late September, some were in magazines, we were unaware of it. We leave reporting on non-magazine aspects of Transcon to other outlets. Note, however, that the company is unlikely to put out a press release about such matters; we have to rely on information from readers like you to tell us about these things.

4:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cutting your way to profitability is a short-term strategy generally implemented by organizations with very little leadership and even less business acumen. I'm just saying...

4:54 pm  

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