Los Angeles, May 29, 2002
Beth Sestanovich has been named Publisher of LA Weekly and OC Weekly (Orange County, CA), the premier alternative newsweeklies in Southern California and members of Village Voice Media. VVM properties include The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, City Pages (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Cleveland Free Times, OC Weekly and the Nashville Scene. The announcement was made today by David Schneiderman, Chief Executive Officer of Village Voice Media. Ms. Sestanovich will begin her new position on June 3, 2002.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Schneiderman said, “Beth Sestanovich is the latest in a series of key hires by Village Voice Media. She brings a breadth and depth of publishing knowledge that is critical to the achievement of our goals in Southern California. We are determined to compete for every media dollar in the region and are committed to publishing great newspapers that will fill the needs of intelligent people increasingly forsaken by mainstream media.”
Ms. Sestanovich stated, “I am thrilled to be working for such terrific weekly newspapers and look forward to the new challenges this position will bring. I am excited to be part of the team and expect that we will continue to build upon the great reputation of both weeklies.”
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sestanovich was Vice President of Operations & Customer Service for CarsDirect.com. Under her tenure there, Ms. Sestanovich assisted in reorganizing and streamlining sales and operations to improve service. Previously, she spent more than ten years at the Los Angeles Times, rising to the position of Advertising Director for the publication. Ms. Sestanovich began her career at IBM in Los Angeles and worked in various sales and marketing positions over her eight years at IBM.
Ms. Sestanovich holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA. She lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and two daughters.
LA Weekly and OC Weekly, with a combined circulation of 290,000, are the premier alternative newsweeklies in Southern California, providing readers with award winning, independent, provocative, and challenging insights on local politics, entertainment, media and culture. Both publications are part of Village Voice Media (VVM), the leading channel of alternative media in the country. VVM also includes The Village Voice, Seattle Weekly, Minneapolis City Pages, Cleveland Free Times and The Nashville Scene.
CONTACT: David Schneiderman, 206 229-4398