Chicago-based Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing Company says Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned as president and COO. In a statement announcing the move, Ward indicated that she will be spending more time with her family and will join her husband in a business consulting venture.“During Anne’s tenure, we underwent significant restructuring and reorganization of the company,” chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice says in the statement. “Her contributions have helped to position the company for the future.”When asked if a replacement for Ward will be named, a Johnson spokesperson said: “We are continuing to assess our current internal staffing needs to enhance our senior-level management positions; and as such, we will determine our next steps following our evaluation.” The spokesperson went on to dispel reports that the company might be eying consultant Desiree Rogers for the job. “Ms. Desiree Rogers is not replacing Anne Sempowski Ward. As we’ve stated from the onset of her June 1 role, she serves as a strategic consultant for the company. She is not being considered for president and COO.”Ward [pictured] was named predient and COO in October 2008 after serving as president and COO of Johnson’s Fashion Fair, starting in October 2007. Before that, she served as assistant vice president of African-American marketing for the Coca-Coca Company, and spent more than a decade at Procter & Gamble, where she led several brands and categories.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A team of economic development organizations representing Detroit is submitting a proposal to the task force selecting the headquarters location for the Army’s new Futures Command even though the Army did not include the city in the list of 15 finalists it released in April. Detroit’s strong showing in three of the four categories — private sector innovation, talent, and strength of research and development resources for STEM — the Army’s consultant used to rank 30 candidates helped Michigan Sen. Gary Peters (D) persuade Army Secretary Mark Esper to allow the city to submit a bid, reported the Detroit Free Press. Detroit was left off the initial list of finalists because of its poor showing in the fourth attribute, quality of life, particularly due to a low ranking in a criterion measuring the region’s overall health and access to medical care. Peters believes that Michigan, which hosts the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is “the obvious place” to locate a futures command for a ground force military organization. “We want to be seen as the place the Army wants to be as it thinks about the future of technology and warfare,” he said. Army photo by Carl Jones II
Post a comment Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Is Facebook spying on you? On Tuesday, Facebook also said that a slice of money from any subscribers who sign up after this year will be diverted to Facebook. Early pages that tested subscriptions, thus far, didn’t need to share any revenue except the 30% bit that Apple and Google take of all media subscriptions that happen as in-app purchases in Facebook’s mobile app. But starting with any subscribers who sign up beginning Jan. 1, Facebook will take 30% of revenue from desktop subscribers. It’ll take 15% of revenue paid by mobile subscribers but only starting in the second year of a subscription. The social giant said its ad-breaks feature would be introducing ways for creators to specify when a midroll commercial cuts into their video. Brand Collabs Manager, an interface that helps online video creators connect with sponsorships, will be enhanced with more analytics. Facebook’s subscriptions option, which lets fans pay creators on a monthly basis, will be expanding to let creators offer supporter-only groups as a benefit to subscribing, so superfans and creators can interact in a more intimate forum. The company is also testing Stars, little stickerlike icons mostly for gaming-video fans that pay a creator a penny whenever you send one his or her way. Similar to the Bits Emotes on Twitch, viewers can send Stars while watching live gaming streams. Tags Facebook will be taking a cut of money headed to video creators. Claudia Cruz/CNET Facebook is giving videos on its social network more ways to make money, pulling inspiration from other platforms to let you throw cash at your favorite video creators in the form of subscriptions or tokenized “stars” that pay them a penny. It’s also going to start taking a cut of the money that superfans send to creators in paid subscriptions.Facebook announced the new developments ahead of VidCon, the world’s biggest conference for online video creators. VidCon runs Wednesday through Saturday in Anaheim, California. The approach follows a proven Facebook strategy of borrowing features and tools that smaller social networks have rolled out to popular appeal. In the last three years, Facebook made big investments in video as a central part of its service, aiming to eat some of YouTube’s lunch and take a bite of the television ad dollars migrating to digital video. But some of its efforts, like broadcasting original scripted series, have failed to break through to mass audiences. Facebook didn’t provide any hard numbers about how many people are making money on its platform with any of its early-stage money-making tools like ads and subscriptions. Generally, tens of thousands of pages are using ad breaks in videos to make money, the company said. The number of pages earning $10,000 a year with ad breaks has grown since Facebook began testing them about a year ago, but the company wouldn’t provide specifics. 1:39 Mobile Digital Media Facebook
Hashtags like #Pray4Nepal, #NepalEarthquake, #CandleLightVigil, #Dharahara and #earthquake trended through the day with millions of tweets and posts appearing on social media. PM Narendra Modi’s tweet promising help to Nepal was retweeted more than 2,100 times and ‘favourited’ by around 2,200 users.“Spoke to PM Sushil Koirala, who is in transit in Bangkok on his way to Kathmandu. Assured all support & assistance during this tough time,” Modi had tweeted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to the microblogging website, where she tweeted, “My prayers with the people of #Nepal and across India after the massive #earthquake. Hope everyone is safe. Stay calm.” Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla, too, sent out a message. “Heart wrenching imagines coming out of Nepal. #NepalEarthquake #PrayForNepal Can’t help but remember 2005 in Kashmir. Terrible memories,” posted Omar. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the picture of a damaged temple in Nepal and wrote, “O! God .. this is Nepal earthquake ..!!! I shot a song here for ‘Mahaan’ with Zeenat Aman .. pray all well.” Shahrukh Khan wrote, “May Allah look after all… Prayers with all in Nepal.” The first pictures of the destruction that were shared on Instagram went viral across online platforms.A person with the username ‘harbrapper’ posted a picture of a devastated house in Kathmandu and wrote, “Terrible site, brick and stones lying everywhere.” That post drew comments from people in countries like China, Japan and the US, who said they were praying for the “ill-fated” victims.