RD Recap: Thomas Staggs Leaves Disney; Racked Staffs Up

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Here’s a surprise: Thomas Staggs walks away from Disney. He had been chief operating officer for the past 14 months and was widely considered the successor to CEO Bob Iger, although he’s reportedly leaving because he couldn’t get confirmation that he’d eventually move into the top spot. “Tom has been a great friend and trusted colleague for more than 20 years,” Iger said in a statement. “He’s made important contributions to this company, earning wide respect across the organization for his achievements and personal integrity. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together, immensely grateful for the privilege of working with him and confident that he will be enormously successful in whatever opportunity he chooses.” The search for Iger’s eventual successor begins immediately…

Racked recruits a wealth of editorial talent. Ellie Krupnick joins as executive editor, coming over from Mic.com, where she had been editorial director of lifestyle. Former People StyleWatch executive digital editor Elana Fishman takes over the role of entertainment editor while Annemarie Dooling and Corey Baldwin are engagement editor and shopping editor, respectively. Finally, Eliza Brooke is a senior reporter and Cheryl Wischhover gets the beauty writer gig. “We’re elevating Racked’s profile and better serving our audience wherever they are, be it Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc.,” said editor in chief Britt Aboutaleb. “We’re growing our team of whip smart editors and reporters who can dive deep into their beats — fashion, shopping, beauty, entertainment — while delivering up to the minute news.” …