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Beth Sestanovich resigns as LA Weekly publisher

Sestanovich announced to the LA Weekly staff that she will leave after assisting in the transition. Sounds as if Bob Dea, the associate publisher since March, will take on greater responsibilities. Here is the email from Sestanovich, whose title was group publisher.

LA Weekly team --

On June 3rd, 2013, I will celebrate my 11th anniversary with the LA Weekly. As often happens around significant events, it’s a good time to stop and evaluate where you are and where you’ve come from. As many of you know, I am coming to the end of a significant change in my personal life. It has also caused me to take a look at my professional life and accomplishments and think about what’s next. I’ve been anxious to find my next professional adventure and the time has come for me to hand over the LA Weekly reins. Effective today, I am resigning my position as Publisher. I have enjoyed my time at the LA Weekly immensely and I have watched it transition and grow and change over the past eleven years. I have grown so much personally and professionally during my time at the LA Weekly and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of this amazing legacy that the LA Weekly is. It’s bigger than any one person. I have developed relationships and friendships here that will last long after I leave. I tell people all the time that what has kept me showing up day in and day out, year after year, is the people I work with – I truly enjoy you all and will miss you all very much.

But change is good!! We have built a strong bench behind me that allows me to hand over the wheel to Bob and the team and feel confident that they will lead you all onto the next level. I will be in the office through June to help with the transition and finish some projects such as leasing out the second floor of the building that is currently underway. After that, I will be available as needed to consult and support the team with anything needed through the end of 2013.

I am proud of what we have accomplished together over these past eleven years and I look forward to watching where the LA Weekly heads over the next eleven!

Congratulations to Bob and the team as they move into their new and expanded management roles. The LA Weekly and all of you will be in my heart always. I wish all of you continued success.


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