Jane Seagrave Tapped to Become AP Chief Revenue Officer

Published January 31st, 2010 - 11:51 GMT

The Associated Press today named Senior Vice President Jane Seagrave its new Chief Revenue Officer.
Seagrave, who was head of global product development for AP, succeeds Tom Brettingen, effective March 1. Brettingen, who will continue to work with international news agencies, will be retiring at midyear.
“Jane understands the changing needs of news consumers and how to create products that help them get news where and when they want it,” said Tom Curley, president and CEO. “Jane’s success in creating new media products and her background as a journalist are the right fit to help AP seize today’s opportunities.”
It was under Seagrave three years ago that AP launched its acclaimed mobile news product for smart phones, which brings together news from AP and more than 1,000 member newspapers and broadcasters. More than 3 million people have downloaded AP Mobile to their smart phones.
Seagrave also oversaw development of AP Financial News, the elections product Campaign Plus and various online video products for international markets. As head of global product development, she has overseen the growth of AP’s content verticals, in sports, entertainment and business, as well as AP’s commercial images service, AP Images. Before becoming head of product development, Seagrave ran AP’s digital licensing operation, overseeing the team responsible for negotiating contracts with portals and aggregators.
Seagrave first joined AP in 1980 as a journalist, with assignments in Santa Fe, N.M., Grants Pass, Ore., and Boston. She later served as a vice president for Lawyers Weekly Publications, in Boston, president and chief operating officer of Legal Communications, Ltd., a Philadelphia-based legal publisher, and chief executive officer of localbusiness.com, a national news service reporting on business technology. She rejoined AP in 2003 after working as chief online strategy consultant for American Lawyer Media.
Seagrave holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a graduate of Bowdoin College.


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