When Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders spoke a few months ago with home-state publication Indianapolis Monthly, he indicated that a key factor in his decision to accept the position with Hef in 2009 was his wife. He described how the two went out for dinner and that it was she, essentially, who urged him to make the move.
We’re not sure if another such a dinner was at the center of Flanders’ thinking this time around, but if so, it wouldn’t surprise us. Per an announcement hitting the wire late this afternoon, Flanders is crossing over to a chief executive position with health insurance exchange eHealth:
Ben Kohn, managing partner at Rizvi Traverse Management, the private equity firm that holds a majority stake in Playboy, has been appointed interim CEO. While overseeing operations at Playboy Enterprises, Kohn will continue in his role at Rizvi Traverse.
“Scott and his team have done a remarkable job of transforming Playboy into a modern global lifestyle brand,” said Mr. Kohn. “I have personally enjoyed working closely with him over the last five years through taking the company private, building our global products licensing division and expanding our media and entertainment business.”
Flanders will remain on Playboy’s Board of Directors as well as retain his ownership interest in the company.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Ernest Hemingway’s Great-Granddaughter Is Playboy’s First ‘Non-Nude Playmate’