NEW YORK, October 27, 2005 – Jack Kliger, president and CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. today announced that Car and Driver Associate Publisher Robert Houghtlin has been promoted to vice president/publisher, and Road & Track Associate Publisher John Driscoll has also been promoted to vice president/publisher following the announcement from industry veteran Ed Abramson, vice president/publisher, the Hachette Automotive Group, that he will retire. Houghtlin and Driscoll will report directly to Nick Matarazzo, executive vice president/group publishing director, Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Group, and both appointments are effective immediately.
Kliger said: “Ed Abramson has effectively led the automotive magazines through some rough waters this past year and, under his watch, Car and Driver and Road & Track have maintained their leadership in the automotive category. I respect Ed’s desire to shift the balances in his life, and he not only leaves the magazines in good shape, but he has mentored two strong associate publishers– Rob Houghtlin and John Driscoll – who are ready to take the helm for these two titles. I am confident that the transition will be a smooth one.”
Abramson said: “I have great respect for editors Csaba Csere and Tom Bryant, and it has been my pleasure to work for two brands that set the highest standards for excellence, expertise and independent opinion. I know, at times, that I will miss the day-to-day camaraderie and challenge of working with their smart teams as well as with my own very talented staff. I am convinced that Rob and John will do excellent jobs of leading these titles from the publishing side.”
Matarazzo said: “Rob Houghtlin and John Driscoll both have the talent and experience to take over as publishers. They have learned how to creatively package and sell advertising for these magazines in an increasingly competitive environment. They are car enthusiasts themselves – each personally representing the discerning passion of the Car and Driver and Road & Track readers. We are fortunate to have them at Hachette.”
Car and Driver was recently named to Adweek’s top ten Hit List which cites their leadership industry wide in automotive (No. 2) and in direct response (No. 3). With this move, the publishing offices for the two titles will move from New York City to Detroit for Car and Driver and to Newport Beach, CA for Road & Track. Both offices will be near the editorial offices for each magazine.
About Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Network (M.E.N.)
Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Network (M.E.N.) reaches more than twenty million readers (one in four men with HHI $100,000+, MRI 2005 Spring). Titles include:
- Automotive Group – Car and Driver and Road & Track
- Entertainment Group – Premiere and Sound & Vision
- Photo Group – American Photo and Popular Photography & Imaging
- Cycle World, Boating and Flying
About Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.
Hachette reaches nearly 50 million readers in the U.S. through its enthusiast titles which include, ELLE, ELLE Decor, ELLEgirl, For Me, Home, Metropolitan Home, Woman’s Day and Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications such as, Kitchens & Baths, Home Remodeling & Makeovers, and Budget Decorating Ideas in addition to the Men’s Enthusiast Network titles. Hachette also includes book and custom publishing, integrated marketing, database and market research, as well as Hachette Enterprises. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., is the New York-headquartered subsidiary of Hachette Filipacchi Médias S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère SCA. The Hachette web site address is www.hfmus.com.
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Vice President/Publisher, Automotive Group
In January 2000, Ed Abramson was named vice president/ publisher of Car and Driver and Road & Track. Abramson served as vice president, publisher of Home magazine from March 1999 and as vice president, associate group publisher of the Home Group since 1991. He was also the founding publisher of Hachette’s Custom publication Century 21 House & Home. From 1989 to 1991, before it was acquired by Hachette, Abramson served as the publisher of Home. From 1978 to 1989, he served as the fashion director and then advertising director of Bride’s. Prior to that, Abramson held various sales management positions at Modern Bride, Ladies Home Journal and McCalls.
Vice President/Publisher, Car and Driver
Houghtlin has served as Car and Driver’s associate publisher and vice president of corporate sales in Detroit since 2004. He began his career at Hachette in 2001 as an account manager in charge of the DaimlerChrysler account, and in 2003 was promoted to vice president of Car and Driver’s corporate sales and manager of the Hachette’s auto group in Detroit. Prior to joining Hachette, Houghtlin was Detroit manager of sales as part of the original launch team of ESPN the Magazine. He has held several sales positions at LIFE magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Vice President/Publisher, Road & Track
Driscoll has served as Road & Track’s associate publisher since 2004. He began his career at Hachette in 1995 as western advertising manager for Cycle World. Driscoll joined Hachette’s auto group in 1998 as western advertising manager and was later promoted to western director. Prior to joining Hachette, Driscoll served as sales and marketing manager of Deltran Corporation and was territory manager at Oakley.