One of the highlights of the June 16, 2011 Corporate Operating Group meeting in Richland Center, Wisconsin was the announcement that Karen Ruden was named a member of the Corporate Operating Group (COG), WCI’s senior management group effective July 1, 2011.
In making the announcement, WCI President & CEO Tom Yunt, made the following comments: “Karen has served exceptionally well as an interim COG member since she began reporting to me directly in January 2010 and has now earned the opportunity and right to officially join COG and serve as a member of our valued senior management team. Karen brings a vast amount of niche publishing experience and a fresh perspective to the COG group. I’m very excited for Karen, COG and WCI and proud and grateful for her continued contributions to our dynamic employee owned media company.”
Karen, currently Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia joined WCI in September 2002 as Associate Publisher, Magellan Medical Division. Subsequently, Karen was named Associate Publisher and Sales Manager, Magellan Publishing in August 2003 and Group Publisher, Specialty Publications in March 2005. With the advent of the division’s name change to WoodwardBizMedia in 2008, Karen assumed her current title of Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia. WoodwardBizMedia publishes several national B-to-B magazines in the material handling, electric power generation and renewable power and fuels markets.
In 2005, the WCI Board of Directors named Karen to the WCI Profit Sharing/401(k) Trustees. In 2010, Karen was appointed as a member of the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board.
Karen started her publishing career in 1982 at the Antique Trader Publications. While there, she had several positions in a variety of departments including circulation, advertising, production and accounts receivables. Her leadership positions included Customer Service Manager, Advertising Manager and Sales and Advertising Director, the position she held prior to joining WCI in 2002.