Top Arianna Huffington deputy, managing editor Nico Pitney, to leave The Huffington Post

Nico Pitney on Rachel Maddow. ()
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Nico Pitney, managing editor at The Huffington Post and one of Arianna Huffington's top lieutenants, is leaving the website, Capital has learned.

The news was announced in a staff meeting earlier today.

According to a source, Pitney is leaving for family reasons—he is moving to San Francisco to be with his wife. Jimmy Soni, Huffington's 26-year-old chief-of-staff for the past nine months, will step into his role.

A spokesman for Huffington Post wouldn't comment on Pitney's exit, but sent a copy of the memo from Huffington to staff announcing the departure:

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I’m writing to let you know about some changes to our editorial team. After living in two different cities for the first year of their marriage, Nico and his wife have decided to move to San Francisco to be closer to their families, and to start a family of their own. Sadly, as a result, Nico will be stepping down as managing editor on February 3rd. In a number of roles over the years, Nico has been an integral part of HuffPost’s growth and success, and played a key leadership role following the merger. I will miss him very much. We wish him and Karina all the best as they embark on this new chapter in their lives… finally together!

Luckily, we have a very strong bench, and I am delighted to announce that Jimmy Soni will become HuffPost’s new managing editor. In his 9 months with HuffPost, Jimmy has proven himself to be a man of many talents – dedicated, highly organized, a good listener, a first-rate problem solver, and an unwaveringly upbeat and positive presence in the newsroom. Born in Toulouse, France, and a graduate of Duke University, Jimmy is tri-lingual – French, Hindi, and English – an avid marathon (and barefoot!) runner, a swing dancer, and the author of a new book coming out this fall on Cato the Younger, a Roman Senator most famous for opposing Caesar. Please join me in offering Nico our heartfelt thanks and gratitude and congratulating Jimmy on his new role.

Arianna

UPDATE: While Nico Pitney's bio page on The Huffington Post lists him as Executive Editor, the masthead lists him as Managing Editor. An earlier version of this article used the Executive Editor title for Pitney. We've just confirmed with the Huffington Post that the masthead is the up-to-date listing of editorial titles. This means, too, that Soni is definitely replacing Pitney, since his new title will be Managing Editor. The Executive Editor title at The Huffington Post belongs to Tim O'Brien. Sorry for the confusion.