Billboard Adds Chart-Topping Staffers

BillboardLogoThe sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president and chief creative officer announced an impressive roster of Billboard hires.

Starting today, Rob Hewitt is the publication’s new design director. He comes to Billboard after three years with Conde Nast Traveler. Hewitt once worked with Min at InStyle and has also held positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine.

Joining Hewitt as Billboard art director is Frank Augugliaro, previously with Esquire, alongside several recognizable new reporter and editor names. It’s great for example to see Frank DiGiacomo back in the front-line entertainment journalism mix.

Full memo after the jump.

Dear Staff:

I’m thrilled to introduce you to some new faces today that are already here or soon to be arriving at Billboard.

I’ll start with some significant and immediate changes to the art and photo departments.

Rob Hewitt will be joining Billboard effective Tuesday as design director. Rob joins Billboard after three years as design director at Conde Nast Traveler, where he was responsible for the design direction of the print version and award-winning digital publication. Prior to Traveler, Rob ran a successful studio where he art-directed clients including Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine and Key: The New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Garden & Gun and Hemispheres. Over the past 14 years, Rob also has held art director and design positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine. And a long, long time ago, Rob, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Peter Cury and I all worked together at InStyle, where we all first met while launching — yes — a weddings magazine. Rob will be reporting into Hollywood Reporter/Billboard creative director Shanti Marlar, and can answer all your pressing bouquet questions (not really).

Frank Augugliaro is joining as art director, reporting to Rob. Frank comes to us from Esquire, where he was the deputy art director. He was responsible for designing front-of-book and feature stories, with a focus on larger packages and Esquire‘s “Men at His Best” sections. Before Esquire, Frank freelanced at a variety of places, including Harper’s Bazaar, Rizzoli Books, Club Monaco and Art House Productions.

Carrie Lam is joining as designer. Carrie comes to us from the design studio Nick+Cambell, where she was responsible for designing graphics for social media platforms and websites. Carrie also has been a freelance designer at Glamour, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and W magazine.

Samantha Xu is joining as photo editor at Billboard. Samantha previously worked at Hearst Digital, Guitar World, Revolver and Entertainment Weekly. She will be reporting directly to Jennifer Laski and Jenny Sargent.

We also have some fantastic additions among our editor ranks that I’d like to share with you.

Degen Pener, culture editor of The Hollywood Reporter, adds to his duties by assuming the same role at Billboard. As many of you are aware, Degen has been an essential leader in shaping The Hollywood Reporter‘s distinctive style and lifestyle coverage, which now encompasses fashion, luxury, real estate, automotive, beauty and art. Among his many contributions, he has overseen the Watches special issue, the Most Influential Interior Designers issue and the launch of Pret a Reporter. Before joining THR, he was the editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury’s Angeleno magazine and previously worked at Santa Barbara, InStyle, Details, Elle and Entertainment Weekly. He was a founding columnist of the New York Times Styles section and got his start as a fact checker at New York magazine. He’s from Kansas City and lives in West Hollywood. Thanks to Degen, you can already see in the current Billboard a fashion story about designer money clips, from a $600 Bottega Veneta version to a $5,000 one from Neil Lane.