New York: Meredith Corporation ,the leading media company serving American women, has named Tom Harty President, National Media Group. Harty replaces Jack Griffin, who has chosen to leave the company to pursue another opportunity.
Harty, 47, joined Meredith in 2004 as Vice President of its Magazine Group. During his tenure, Meredith has progressively added to Harty’s responsibilities, promoting him to President, Consumer Magazines in 2009 with oversight for sales, editorial and creative activities.
Harty has played a key leadership role in the development and execution of Meredith’s Vision 2013 strategic initiative. Vision 2013 has enabled Meredith to increase its connection to the American consumer through growth in magazine audience and online traffic, and spurred expansion into emerging new consumer platforms such as mobile and eTablets. Additionally, under Harty’s leadership Meredith has increased its share of magazine industry advertising revenues for five consecutive years to an all-time high of 12.3 percent.
“Tom has done an outstanding job of expanding our consumer reach and driving revenue growth over time,” said Meredith Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Lacy. “He conceived Meredith 360, our innovative multiplatform sales initiative, and transformed our Corporate Sales organization into the best in the industry.”
“In addition to his deep client and agency relationships, Tom is an outstanding leader who brings out the best in his team,” Lacy continued. “He combines that with the visionary element necessary to succeed in today’s evolving media and marketing landscape.”
“I’m excited about leading the best team in the media and marketing industry,” Harty said. “Meredith is known for a collaborative culture that is highly effective in the market place. With our tremendous brands, we are well-positioned to continue expanding our connection to consumers, and help clients who want to reach them.”
Immediately prior to joining Meredith, Harty was Senior Vice President for The Golf Digest Companies, a division of Advance Magazines. His broad publishing experience includes senior leadership positions with several of the industry’s largest publications including TV Guide and Reader’s Digest.
Harty earned an M.B.A. from Iona College and a B.A. from Castleton College. He resides in Irvington, NY with his family.
“It has been my great privilege to work with a world-class team during a period of extraordinary growth and change,” Griffin said. “I am proud of my colleagues and most appreciative of their support and commitment during my tenure at Meredith. I wish them and everyone at Meredith well in the future.”
Lacy added, “I want to thank Jack for his many contributions to Meredith, and Tom and I both wish him all the best in the future.”