— Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet, the travel brand owned by BBC Worldwide, has hired Dow Jones’ digital strategy and operations SVP Matthew Goldberg as its new CEO. He will replace Judy Slatyer. Goldberg had led the Wall Street Journal Digital Network’s business operations, including those for WSJ.com, MarketWatch, Barrons.com and AllThingsDigital.com. When he starts with Lonely Planet in March, he will be charged with maintaining its core printed travel guides business and growing its digital and multiplatform opportunities. More details at our sister site pC:UK.
— Slate Group: The Slate Group has a new VP of ad sales, former Time Inc. vet Matthew Turck. Turck will oversee sales for Slate, The Root and The Big Money, working alongside the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Digital sales team. He will report directly to The Slate Group GM John Alderman. Turck spent almost 20 years with Time, most recently serving as publisher at This Old House, where he managed the expansion of the brand to IPTV and mobile, among other platforms. Prior to that he served as associate publisher at Time magazine. Release.
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— Washington Post: Phil Bennett is stepping down as WaPo’s managing editor after four years. Bennett was passed over as editor in favor of former WSJ ME Marcus Brauchli last summer. That appointment, Bennett said, “made me think this was a good time to do something new.” WaPo
— Wiredset: Grant Johmann has joined the marketing and tech incubator as SVP-marketing. He will be responsible for marketing, including consumer engagement via social media and word of mouth. Previously, he was the director-online marketing for Elektra Records.
— General Catalyst Partners: Neil Sequeira has been named managing director at General Catalyst Partners. He will continue to oversee the Massachusetts-based VC firm’s investments in the new media and online content space. Sequeira sits on the boards of DECA and video ad firm ScanScout, among others, and joined the firm in 2005. Prior to General Catalyst, Sequeira served as managing director of technology for Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) Investments, and before that, led M&A for Internet tech firm CMGI (now known as ModusLink).