Carol Watson has been appointed publisher of Vibe, reporting to president Kenard Gibbs. Watson joined the magazine as an associate publisher in 2001 and has managed its ad business. Before joining Vibe, she was senior vice president of sales and marketing at Market Place Media, specializing in college and multicultural media placement and marketing. Prior to that, Watson spent 12 years at The New York Times as managing director. As Vibe's publisher, she will play a large role in establishing the magazine's long-term business goals, strategic partnerships and branding initiatives.