PE-Backed Northstar Travel Media Names New CFO


Northstar Travel Media, a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies, has named Lisa Cohen as CFO. Prior to joining Northstar, Cohen was CFO for Remedy Health Media. Based in Secaucus, NJ, Northstar Travel Media is a provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality sectors.

PRESS RELEASE

Secaucus, NJ USA, August 12, 2013 -Lisa Cohen, a seasoned financial executive with extensive experience in M&A, capital fund-raising and private equity investments, was appointed to be Chief Financial Officer of Northstar Travel Media today.
“We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the team,” said Tom Kemp, CEO of Northstar. “She brings a strong background in areas critical for our growth plans. In addition to her M&A-related experience and broad accounting background, her expertise in financial planning and analysis, negotiating, compliance and risk management, lender and investor relations, strategic planning and integration will strengthen an already strong finance team.”
Kemp also noted that “we’re also very pleased to welcome a new CFO who has such impressive online information industry experience.”
Cohen most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Remedy Health Media, a private equity owned health information and technology company. Prior to that, she was the Executive Vice President, Finance, of Sleep Innovations, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty bedding products. Her record of success in finance and accounting began at Ernst & Young in New York.
Cohen said she was looking forward to joining “such a strong team. Northstar Travel Media is one of the most respected brands in travel,” she said, “and I look forward to contributing to its continued growth and success.”
About Northstar Travel Media
Northstar Travel Media is the leading provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality industries and parent of brands including Travel Weekly, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, PhoCusWright, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Your Travel Insider and Luxury Cruise News.
Northstar’s electronic directories – Travel Weekly’s Hotel and Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and Successful Meetings Facilities Search – provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally.
In addition to its directories and periodicals, Northstar publishes a number of online subscription information resources, including The Beat, Travel Weekly Plus, Travel42, STAR Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24.
Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events including The PhoCusWright Conference, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace, M&C InterAct, Successful Meetings Universities, The Beat Live, Tech Talk, Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership Forums.
Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel and meetings industries.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.
Northstar Travel Media, LLC is a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies LLC, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.