Leadership shuffle at Atlantic
Atlantic Media announced a string of leadership changes this morning, including two promotions at its flagship print and digital title, The Atlantic.
James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named co-presidents of The Atlantic, filling the void left by the recent departure of M. Scott Havens for Time Inc.
Appointing Bennet and Cohn to the co-president role, Atlantic Media has cultivated from within its own talent pool as opposed to hiring an outsider.
The promotions also show two editorial figures consolidating power. Bennet doubles as editor-in-chief of The Atlantic; Cohn had been the title's digital editor and will now preside over all business operations, the company said.
"I thought we might choose Scott's replacement from our own ranks," Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley wrote in a memo obtained by Capital. "Sharing drinks on the Bennet front porch this week, James and Bob came to a worthy aspiration for their period of leadership to come—that 'each would own the whole.'"
Meanwhile, Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf have been named co-presidents of Quartz, the company's year-and-a-half-old digital title aimed at the global business and finance set. Delaney, a Wall Street Journal veteran, will continue to serve as Quartz's editor-in-chief, and Lauf, the title's founding pubisher, will continue to run the business side.
“With these promotions, we are all but complete in installing a next generation of leadership at Atlantic Media,” Bradley said in a statement.
Atlantic Media has been in the midst of some house cleaning since it lost Justin Smith, its former president, to Bloomberg Media Group last year. Smith has been credited with fostering the 157-year-old brand's online growth and leading it back to profitability over the past several years.
The company's new leadership will be expected to continue that momentum, which has transformed a stodgy print title into one of the industry's digital success stories.