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Cahners Selects Former Executive To Lead Interactive Web Development.

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ --

Cahners Business Information (, a leading provider of business-to-business information, today announced the appointment of Vic Sussman as Director of Interactive Web Programming.

Mr. Sussman reports to Mark Potts, Vice President and Chief Product Officer for Cahners Digital, the online division of Cahners Business Information.

Mr. Sussman joins Cahners from, where he created and served as Executive Producer of's Live Online, the site's pioneering interactivity channel. Live Online features more than 60 hours a week of live online discussions with Washington Post writers and columnists as well as politicians, scientists, authors, entertainers and other newsmakers. Under his direction, Live Online won Editor & Publisher magazine's 2000 Eppy award for Best Use of Interactivity by an Online Newspaper.

"Vic is a strong addition to our team," said Tad Smith, president of Cahners Digital. "His unique experience in creating and managing leading-edge Internet community features will be a major asset to us as we continue to expand our reach and grow Cahners online."

"I am very excited and honored to be working with (Cahners CEO) Marc Teren and Tad Smith. We share the vision of rapidly implementing Cahners Digital initiatives and I look forward to the challenge of making Cahners as well-known online as it is offline," Mr. Sussman said.

Prior to joining, Mr. Sussman directed Internet Programming for America Online (AOL). He managed a staff of writers and producers whose successes include reprogramming AOL's "NetGirl" online advice column, taking the feature from to 300,000 users from 80,000 in just a few months.

Mr. Sussman created the Cyberspace beat for U.S. News and World Report magazine in 1992 and pioneered national coverage of the legal, social and cultural impact of the online revolution. While at U.S. News and World Report, he co-produced the first online discussion from the White House and launched the magazine on Compuserve as well as the Web. He also served as a Senior Editor at the magazine for eight years. In that role he wrote hundreds of "News You Can Use" articles on fitness, nutrition, technology, computers and consumer issues.

From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Sussman served as the Washington Post Magazine's "Personal Tech" columnist and feature writer. In addition to writing a weekly column covering consumer electronics, home care products and other gadgets, he served as The Post's Book World audio book columnist, making him the first national writer to regularly cover the emergence of audio literature.

Mr. Sussman is a nationally known journalist, author and broadcaster. He has authored a diverse array of non-fiction books, magazine and newspaper articles on topics ranging from nutrition to computers. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his television commentary in Washington, D.C., received the Sam Shubert Fellowship in Playwriting, and won Japan's NHK prize for educational broadcasting, writing and production.

About Cahners

Cahners Business Information (, a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group, is a leading U.S. provider of business information to 16 vertical markets, including entertainment, manufacturing and retail. Cahners' rich content portfolio encompasses more than 140 Web sites as well as Variety, Publishers Weekly, Design News and 152 other market-leading business-to-business magazines. Cahners developed the leading business-to-business Web portals in the electronics industry, Manufacturing.Net in manufacturing and in construction, and maintains an active program of Internet and print launches.

About Reed Elsevier

Reed Elsevier plc ( is a world leading publisher and information provider. It is owned equally by Reed International P.L.C (NYSE: RUK) and Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENL). Operating in the scientific, legal and business-to-business industry sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high value and flexible information solutions to professional end users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a delivery method. Building on its strong position in key markets and its established brands and content, the company is investing aggressively in the migration of its portfolio to electronic delivery, with links to a wider range of content-related services and transactional capabilities.
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