Circulation Veteran Dead at 64
The following was prepared by Dan Capell's family.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of E. Daniel (Dan) Capell, age 64, who died peacefully at his home in Barnegat Light, NJ on January 11, 2010 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Dan had been a leader in the magazine circulation and direct marketing industry for over 40 years. For the last 28 years he was the editor of Capell’s Circulation Report, a newsletter which tracked the consumer magazine publishing industry.
After graduating from Bucknell University in 1967, Dan began his direct marketing career at Time, Inc. He began with Life Magazine, and rose to become Circulation Director for Sports Illustrated. In 1973, Capell moved to Ziff Davis Publishing as a senior executive responsible for the marketing activities of twelve special interest consumer magazines. He also served as General Manager of Ziff's Business and Trade Division, supervising marketing, manufacturing and advertising sales for thirteen properties in the travel, aviation and meetings/conventions markets.
Dan next became Vice President of Circulation for Newsweek, where he also functioned as Vice President of Venture Development. In 1980, Capell successfully tested and launched Inside Sports, as the founding publisher of the only new magazine ever launched by Newsweek, Inc.
In 1985 Dan was hired as President of The Lake Group, a leading list consulting company. From 1993-1997, Capell was co-founder and Managing Director of Gruppo, Levey and Capell, an investment banking firm specializing in the direct marketing industry.
In 1996, Dan’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the industry were honored by his induction into the Direct Marketing Association's Circulation Hall of Fame.
Dan took great pride in the relationships he developed with industry colleagues in different capacities over the years. Some of his most rewarding professional moments included speaking to a room full of industry veterans and teaching classes of future industry leaders at Time Inc.’s new employee training program.