Despite the news and movement at the magazine, it still faces a challenge as it can't seem to translate its fan base to an active online community despite years of trying.
Three-year old Afar is taking advantage of some forward momentum on print and digital business by shifting co-founder Joe Diaz into more of a business development role as chief product officer—he was previously vice president of sales and brand development. Meanwhile, the sales team is getting three new executives as well as promoting from within.
Bryan Kinkade will be succeeding Diaz as associate publisher, joining Afar from Outside, where he held a similar title. Shaun Whitley was hired away from Saveur as Afar’s senior sales director and John Galante has been shifted into an international travel director position.
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