Northstar Travel Media, the leading business-to-business information company serving the travel and meetings industries, has hired David Blansfield as Executive Vice President and Group Publisher of the Meetings Group. Blansfield is now responsible for Northstar's Meetings Group, including Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, MeetingNews, and Incentive as well as Northstar Travel Media's meetings platform in China, Meetings & Conventions China.
Blansfield joins Northstar after spending the last seven years as President of F+W, a content and e-commerce company, based in their New York City corporate office. In addition to having managed F+W's magazine consumer marketing and print and digital advertising sales, David was responsible for the company's event business, producing 67 B2B and B2C events in 2014. David also managed the cross-platform content teams for many of F+W's enthusiast communities, including design, writing/publishing and outdoors.
Prior to joining F+W, Blansfield served as senior vice president at Penton Media, responsible for the company's design engineering, business technology and aviation groups, overseeing a $60 million portfolio that included events, digital media, a range of data information products, and B2B magazines.
Blansfield replaces Bernie Schraer, former Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of the Meetings Group, who has left Northstar to pursue new interests.
"We are very pleased to have someone with David Blansfield's depth of experience and record of success join the Northstar executive team," said Thomas Kemp, Chairman and CEO of Northstar Travel Media. "We thank Bernie Schraer for his service and dedication and wish him the best of luck."