Cathie Black

Thorin McGee is editor-in-chief and content director of Target Marketing and oversees editorial direction and product development for the magazine, website and other channels.

Cathleen P. Black, a magazine executive who was named as New York City schools chancellor last fall, will step down Thursday morning at the mayor's urging, city officials said, after a tumultuous and brief tenure.

For the magazine business, 2011 will be a year to watch—and not just because it could hold answers to lingering questions about the financial health of the industry.

Cathleen P. Black, longtime president of the worldwide magazine group at Hearst Magazines, has been promoted to chairman, it was announced Monday. Veteran publishing executive David Carey will succeed Black as president.

With a trying 2008 and 2009 behind us, most publishers who attended the 2010 Publishing Business Conference & Expo, March 8-10, seemed, at the very least, less worried about the future than they were last year and, in fact, most were quite optimistic. The conference theme, "Publishing at a Tipping Point," was the unifying force behind more than 60 educational sessions presented by 150 speakers from all walks of the publishing industry. The presentations and discussions focused on industry shifts and practical information to help publishers adapt and thrive.

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