Industry Moves: Custom Content Council; Financial Times; 7digital; News Ltd

The latest hires in the digital media and tech industry…

Custom Content Council: Dow Jones Content Lab President Andrew Seibert has been elected chairman. He replaces Meredith Xcelerated Marketing’s CMO, Keith Sedlak, who has led the organization since 2010. Joining Seibert on the Custom Content Council board are five returning board members and three newcomers. The newcomers are: Heather Brehm, VP of Business Development, EnVeritas Group; John E. Cimba, President & CEO, GLC Custom Media; and Jacqueline H. Ponzoni, SVP of Custom Content, Pace Communications. The returning members are: Joseph Barbieri, Founder, Bespoke Advisors; Kristen Bohn, Director, D Custom; Philip De Jong, President, Journey Group; Fred Petrovsky, President, Content Marketing at McMurry; Keith Sedlak, Chief Marketing Officer, Meredith Xcelerated Marketing.

Financial Times: Christina Scott has been appointed chief information officer, responsible for technology across the FT Group. Earlier in her career, she was responsible for BBC’s digital platforms, and had served as a consultant at Accenture.

7digital: Making moves to expand its North American operations, 7digital has made several key hires: Jon DeMond-Axelrod, formerly of eMusic, is taking the role of business development director for lifestyle brands and music media; Matt Jwayad, formerly of Apple, Pandora and Sprint, has been named business development director for consumer electronics and carriers; and Kyle Pierce, formerly of IODA Distribution, is joining as project / account manager.  Anna Siegel has relocated from London to establish the company’s New York presence. Lisa Tiver, formerly of RightsFlow, has sign on as a consultant. 7digital-North America will have offices on both coasts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

News Limited: After eight years with Rupert Murdoch’s Australian media outfit, Sigrid Kirk has resigned from her post as digital chief product officer. Stuart Spiteri, who was recently hired from Google to be chief operating officer of News digital media, will take her place in the interim.