U.S. News & World Report announced the promotion of the following senior leaders at the D.C.-based media company:
- Kate O’Donnell assumes the role of Senior Vice President, Communications & Brand Strategy. In this role, O’Donnell, above, oversees all aspects of the media company’s brand positioning, brand management and brand marketing as well as communications. Since joining U.S. News in 2021, O’Donnell served as the vice president of corporate communications, where she successfully crafted a strategic communications plan that resulted in a 20% increase in media placements while expanding the visibility of U.S. News experts three-fold, and securing double-digit increases in social engagement and followers.
- Jennie Johnson assumes the role of General Manager, Education. Johnson joined the company in 2021 as the director of product for education and is now responsible for creating and implementing the business unit’s strategy, growth plans, and day-to-day operations. During her tenure at U.S. News, Johnson revamped the education user experience and customer acquisition process, resulting in over 500,000 new user accounts from students and parents searching for education options.
- LaMont Jones assumes the role of Managing Editor, Education. Jones first started at U.S. News as a senior editor for education in 2019 and, with more than 30 years of journalism experience and a doctor of education degree in counseling, quickly became indispensable to the editorial team. In his new role, Jones creates and oversees education content that covers a wide range of higher education and K-12 topics, as well as leads the editorial coverage of U.S. News education rankings, including Best Colleges, Graduate Schools, High Schools, Online Programs and Global Universities. In addition, Jones now serves as the company’s primary spokesperson on education topics.