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Nokia music executive to head digital strategy at Meredith

US publishing house appoints Liz Schimel as executive vice president of consumer management and digi

Liz Schimel, senior music executive at Nokia, will be leaving the company to become executive vice president of consumer management and digital media at American publishing house Meredith, reports Media Week.

Schimel, who joined as head of global music at the Finland-based company in 2008 and later became vice president of music services and entertainment, will be overseeing the publishers' digital strategy and expansion for tablet and cell-phone platforms.

Previously, she held the position of senior vice president at Comcast Interactive Media, developing internet products and content services for the company.

Schimel's exit from Nokia comes at a time when the company is consolidating its music, gaming and entertainment services divisions around the Ovi platform.

Meredith, publisher of titles such as Better Homes, Gardens and Family Circle, will be entering the tablet market in November, with a Better Homes and Gardens app.

The recruitment of Schimel will be the first major hire for the publisher's recently appointed president Tom Harty.