Freedom Communications president and CEO Scott Flanders has been tapped as the successor to Christie Hefner at the head of Playboy Enterprises, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The choice is not yet official, and the unnamed sources quoted in the article by Russell Adams said the deal could still fall apart. "But after a couple of recent visits to the Playboy Mansion, Mr. Flanders has emerged as the clear favorite, these people said," the Journal wrote.
Flanders, who could not immediately be reached for comment, for about three years has been the top executive at Freedom, the publisher of The Orange County (Calif.) Register and numerous other papers.
Playboy has been without a permanent CEO since Christie Hefner, daughter of the magazine's founder Hugh Hefner, resigned six months ago.
Playboy reported a loss for its first quarter, and has been the object of sales speculation since interim CEO Jerome Kern said the company "was willing to listen" to offers.