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No, silly, Freedom Communications's CEO Scott Flanders isn't posing in the venerated skin mag -- we hope. But he is being considered to run it, according to The Wall Street Journal, via the Register's own business blog (wonder if Reg real estate guru Jon Lasner got permission from the top to link to the story or not):
Playboy Enterprises Inc. is expected to offer Scott Flanders, president and chief executive of Freedom Communications Inc., its vacant CEO post as early as this week, according to people familiar with the matter. No contract has been signed, and the intended hire could still fall apart. But after a couple of recent visits to the Playboy Mansion, Mr. Flanders has emerged as the clear favorite, the people said. A spokeswoman for Playboy, based in Chicago, declined to comment. Freedom, of Irvine, Calif., couldn't be reached to comment.
It's too early in the morning for jokes about porn or libertarians, so we'll just stick to gloating about the fact that Navel Gazing brokered rumors about this Playboy development earlier this month. Thanks, anonymous commenters on the inside! Keep it coming.
Update, 1:40 p.m.: It's official: Scott Flanders will head Playboy Enterprises! Press release here. Freedom Communications gets a two sentence reference: He joins PEI from Freedom Communications, a major media company, where he served for three years as president and chief executive officer. During his tenure, he significantly expanded interactive revenues, established key partnerships and streamlined the organization. [emphasis mine] Bat away, Flanders fans.