Melissa Strome has been tapped to become the group’s automotive and finance director, while
Maria Eliason will become its fashion director.
Appointments are effective immediately and both will report to Katy Bano, associate publisher of Departures.
Strome comes to Meredith from Active Interest Media, where she was most recently publisher of Yoga Journal. There, she launched several brand extensions and led sales and marketing initiatives across all platforms for the title. She has held senior sales leadership roles across the publishing world, including The New Yorker, Every Day with Rachel Ray and Marie Claire.
Eliason comes to Meredith from The New York Times. As advertising director for the publisher, she grew the digital advertising categories of fashion, luxury and retail. Eliason has held senior roles at the Daily Beast, InStyle and Vanity Fair, where she was named Salesperson of the Year.Giulio Capua, vice president-group publisher, Luxury at Meredith Corporation noted the “proven experience, deep relationships and understanding of the luxury business” of both Strome and Eliason, making each a strong candidate to grow revenue across Departures, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine