WSJ Mag Gets New Publisher, Expands Sales Force

WSJ., the first glossy magazine from The Wall Street Journal, has announced the appointment of Sophie Raptis as publisher. In addition, the magazine has announced three appointments in the advertising, sales and marketing departments.

Raptis joins WSJ. from Times Media in London, where she led the group responsible for the The Times paper, The Times Magazine, The Sunday Times paper, The Sunday Times Magazine, Culture and Style Magazine and The Times online. Her promotion takes effect in August, and she will report to Chris Collins, vice president and general manager for The Wall Street Journal’s print sales.

Raptis will be reunited with Tina Gaudoin, editor-in-chief of WSJ. The pair had previously served as title manager and editor-in-chief, respectively of Luxx, the Times of London’s glossy magazine.

Raptis replaces Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio as publisher. Asmodeo-Giglio has been named vice president of sales for The Journal’s Weekend Edition and the Luxury sales group. She will have oversight of consumer sales activities across the Journal franchise and will continue to report to Michael F. Rooney, chief revenue officer of The Wall Street Journal.

Since its debut in September 2008, WSJ. claims to have brought in more than 40 new consumer advertisers to the Journal franchise.

“These are proven advertising sales executives who continue to deliver substantial advertising revenue to this company, even in the current economy,” Rooney said in a statement.

In addition to the job changes for Raptis and Asmodeo-Giglio, Andrea Norlander has been promoted to associate publisher of marketing for WSJ. She had been executive director of creative services for WSJ. She will be responsible for expanding its global brand recognition within the advertising community.

Also, Anthony Cenname has joined The Journal as multimedia director, where he will manage the Luxury Group and report to Asmodeo-Giglio. Cenname had previously served as vice president and advertising director for Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Nielsen Business Media