CORRECTION ADDED AT 2:25 p.m. ET:Sister blog FishbowlNY reports that Aaron Gell has deplaned from his role as editor-in-chief of Hemispheres, United Airlines’ in-flight magazine, to head online operations at the Observer. CORRECTION: Gell’s title is actually managing editor of online, and Harleen Kahlon is the Observer‘s general manager of online operations.
Prior to Hemispheres, Gell had been executive editor of the print edition of Radar.
FishbowlNY had the memo on Gell’s hiring from editor Kyle Pope:
We are thrilled to let you know we have a new managing editor of Observer.com. He is Aaron Gell, and he comes to Observer.com from a stint as editor-in-chief of Hemispheres magazine, the in-flight magazine for United Airlines, which he relaunched in 2009 to glowing reviews. Previously, he was the online features editor for Radaronline.com, and served as executive editor of Radar‘s third print iteration, which received an ASME nomination for general excellence. He has also held senior editorial positions at W magazine, Mirabella and Time Out New York, which he helped launch. Among other venues, his writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, New York magazine, and The New York Times.