Heavy Metal Media announced the appointment of two industry veterans to positions in their company: Joseph Illidge was promoted to Executive Editor and Kris Longo was added as Chief Sales Officer.

Back in March, Joseph Illidge was named co-managing editor of Heavy Metal magazine alongside Richard Llaerna (see "Joseph Illidge Named Co-Managing Editor of 'Heavy Metal' Magazine"). It didn't take long for Illidge to move up the food chain and he was promoted to the Executive Editor job where he will work in collaboration with CEO Matthew Medney and Publisher David Erwin on developing new content for their magazine and its intellectual properties.

“Working in this exciting and expanded role at Heavy Metal is one of the biggest honors of my career," said Illidge. "From the leadership to the entire team, Heavy Metal empowers and inspires us, to invite genius minds from around the globe to create the stories that will build the next level of entertainment. We can’t wait for you to see what the future of science fiction, fantasy, and horror looks like!”

Kris Longo has been named to fill the role of Chief Sales Officer in an effort to bring new, revenue-generating projects to the company. Prior to joining Heavy Metal, Longo was the VP of Business Development for Bonfire Agency, and founded Geek Riot Media, which he will continue to own and operate even while he is with Heavy Metal Media.