Promotions at U.S. News

New executive team members and a newly created role.

U.S. News has bumped up two staff members to the top of its masthead and added two to the executive team. Details below:

  • Karen Chevalier has been named chief operating officer, responsible for U.S. News’ tech, data, admin, pr, hr and events departments. Chevalier was previously the senior vice president for operations.
  • Chad Smolinski is now the chief product officer. He was previously senior vice president in charge of health, money, travel and real estate rankings. In his new role, Smolinski will oversee product development across U.S. News’ verticals, and will be in charge of the design team and the (new) business intelligence group.
  • Chris DiCosmo is the new svp for education, news/opinion and insights. DiCosmo will also serve as the general manager for news, a newly created role through which he will work to grow U.S. News’ audience and website. In addition to the promotion, DiCosmo is now part of the executive team. He was previously the vice president for education, B2B insights and audience optimization.
  • Kim Castro has also been added to the executive team. She remains executive editor, but her duties expand to include editorial direction of U.S. News content and consumer advice.