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December 20, 2012 16:15 ET

Neeraj Khemlani Named SVP & Chief Creative Officer of Hearst Corporation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) -  Hearst Corporation announced today that Neeraj Khemlani has been named chief creative officer of Hearst Corporation. The announcement was made by Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., and President and Chief Operating Officer Steven R. Swartz.

In this new role, Khemlani will work with Hearst's creative teams, managers and group heads across the company to support and enable them in the creation of the best possible user experiences on all screens and printed pages. In the area of digital product development, he will work closely with Phil Wiser, Hearst's senior vice president and chief technology officer. Khemlani transitions into this role from Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, where he was deputy group head focused on expanding the company's non-fiction television production activities.

"We want to make sure we offer the best possible user experiences across our brands in all forms," Bennack said. "The genuine value we deliver to readers, viewers, listeners and professional clients through our content determines whether we are successful. Neeraj will work across all our divisions as a champion of the innovation needed to constantly increase that value."

"Neeraj has played a vital role in the growth and diversification of Hearst's Entertainment & Syndication Division over the past few years," Swartz said. "He has helped foster new relationships with pivotal partners, including Mark Burnett, NorthSouth Productions and Spooky Cool Labs. We look forward to the creative multiplatform improvements and opportunities he will develop working with all of Hearst's global brands in his new role as chief creative officer."

Khemlani joined Hearst in March 2009 as vice president and special assistant to the CEO for digital media. In February 2011, he was appointed executive vice president and deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Khemlani was formerly vice president and general manager of Yahoo! News & Information as well as Yahoo! Originals.

From 1998 to 2006, he was a producer for CBS News' 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, and before that a producer for the late Peter Jennings at ABC News. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, stringing for The New York Times and The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y.

About Hearst Corporation
Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) is one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 36 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, HISTORY and ESPN; significant holdings in the automotive, electronic and medical/pharmaceutical industries; a 50 percent stake in the global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution; and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp.

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