Rodale Nabs Barnes & Noble Exec

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By Chris O'Shea

Rodale has hired Anthony Astarita as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital and Brand Development. Astarita comes to Rodale from Barnes & Noble, where he most recently worked as Vice President, General Manager for e-Commerce and Digital Products. Astarita was one of the minds behind the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s e-reader.

Maria Rodale, Rodale’s CEO, said Astarita brings, “a wealth of digital expertise and notable credibility to the ambitious digital efforts Rodale has set for 2012 and beyond. He’s poised to expand our global digital business to better serve our customers around the world.”

“Rodale is a trusted and authoritative global leader in health, fitness and wellness, and I’m very excited to join this talented team,” said Astarita. “Capitalizing on their strong brands, unique assets, coveted partnerships and global presence, I look forward to helping propel the expansion of Rodale’s digital reach.”

Astarita will start January 3.