This pretty much never happens, but after a six-month contract with Hanley Wood, consulting firm Innovation recommended that the trade publisher focus more on editorial.
As a result, Hanley Wood hired its first-ever senior-level executive to focus entirely on editorial: Bob Benz, president of content.
“The editors felt they didn’t have a voice in a lot of important decision-making that affected editorial and that they were represented in a proxy way,” CEO Frank Anton said of what Innovation found. Benz is also charged with transitioning Hanley Wood to a digital-first operation.
Meanwhile, the company is consolidating its editorial offices to its D.C. headquarters, with employees working from remote offices being asked to relocate to HQ.
Hanley Wood is the publisher of more than 30 magazines related to the construction industry.