In a bit of a surprise move, longtime Variety publisher and president Charlie Koones is leaving, as of March 1. Koones has been at Variety, part of Reed Business, for the last 17 years. The official statement says he wants to “pursue entrepreneurial ventures in media and entertainment”. Koones was also responsible overall for the Reed Business Entertainment Group, which has other publication such as Mutichannel News, Video Business and Broadcasting & Cable.
Neil Stiles, currently division managing director for Reed Business Information in the U.K., will succeed Koones as president and publisher.