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Hot Topic Announces CEO Transition

Hot Topic, Inc., announced that Betsy McLaughlin has resigned as its CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors, effective as of March 21, 2011, and that Lisa Harper, currently a member of the company’s board of directors, has been appointed as CEO, also effective as of March 21, 2011. McLaughlin will continue to assist in transition matters for the next three months.

Kidz Bop Appoints Kennedy to VP

Kidz Bop appointed Ilene Kennedy to vice-president of product, In her new role, Kennedy will oversee the management and strategic development of She will also help manage Kidz Bop’s online talent search for kids ages 15 and under, Kidz Star USA.

Most recently, Kennedy was vice-president of truTV Online at Turner Broadcasting System where she spearheaded the digital strategy and vision for the website’s launch in support of its re-brand from Prior to her four-year stint at Turner, she held key digital media positions at Columbia House, MTV Networks (,, and Nickelodeon web properties), and Viacom.