Andrews McMeel Universal has named veteran publishing, marketing and digital media executive Andy Sareyan as president and chief executive officer
Sareyan will oversee all the company’s operations, including the Universal Uclick content syndicate, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and the Amuse film and television division. He will assume his new job Nov. 3.
He succeeds John McMeel, who remains chairman.
“Andy’s a skilled strategist and talented innovator, making him a tremendous fit with us,” Hugh Andrews, the company’s vice chairman, said in the news release announcing the hiring.
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Sareyan has more than two decades of experience in the media industry, including most recently as president of National Journal Group and executive vice president at Atlantic Media.
Prior to that, he was president of consumer brands and chief brand officer at Meredith Corp., where he led the publishing and editorial staffs of publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, More, Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, American Baby and Traditional Home. He also directed digital, consumer marketing, retail, e-commerce and other operations.
Sareyan also spent 18 years with Time Inc., where he was president of Entertainment Weekly and the Parenting Group. He was also the founding publisher of Real Simple magazine, which the announcement said was “one of the most profitable print-based brands of the modern era.”
Andrews McMeel, headquartered at 1130 Walnut St., has 170 employees. Founded in 1970, the company is a leading publisher of comics and humor products, cookbooks, puzzles and games, gift and children’s books, and calendars.