Huffington Post C.T.O. steps down

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The Huffington Post's chief technology officer, John Pavley, is stepping down and will be replaced by Otto Toth, the site's head of mobile.

Co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington announced the change in a staff memo obtained by Capital, in which she credited Pavley with "[transforming] the site, rebuilding our engineering and community teams, overseeing the tech launches of seven international editions, overhauling comment moderation, reimagining HuffPost Labs, and establishing a tech recruiting organization to attract the best talent in the business."

Toth "is perfectly positioned to lead the integration of the mobile experience into our editorial process, and to ensure that our revenue strategy is tightly aligned with our mobile vision," Huffington wrote.

HuffPost has seen a fair amount of turnover lately, mostly in the newsroom, where recent senior departures include Peter Goodman, Lisa Belkin and Lori Leibovich. Design chief Josh Klenert recently resigned as well.

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Huffington's memo also touted the site's three Webby Award nominations and its upcoming 9-year anniversary.

The full note is below:

HuffPosters,

Now that spring has finally sprung in New York, I wanted to catch everyone up on some HuffPost news. To start with, HuffPost has just been nominated for three Webby Awards: two for HuffPost Live (Best News & Information Video Channel; Best News & Politics Series), and one for HuffPost Parents (Best Family/Parenting Site). Congrats to the HPLive and Parents teams!

On the staffing front, John Pavley is stepping down as our CTO. Since he joined HuffPost two years ago, Pav has helped transform the site, rebuilding our engineering and community teams, overseeing the tech launches of seven international editions, overhauling comment moderation, reimagining HuffPost Labs, and establishing a tech recruiting organization to attract the best talent in the business. Please join me in thanking him for all he’s done for HuffPost and wishing him the very best in his next adventure.

I am delighted to announce that Otto Toth is taking on the role of CTO, building on all the great work he’s done as our head of mobile. Mobile currently accounts for nearly half of our total traffic – a number that is constantly increasing. So, as we double down on mobile, Otto is perfectly positioned to lead the integration of the mobile experience into our editorial process, and to ensure that our revenue strategy is tightly aligned with our mobile vision. And as we continue to expand internationally -- 50 percent of our traffic now comes from outside the US -- Otto will make sure that all our international editions are similarly aligned. Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.

A final round of congratulations: first, to our stellar VP of Engineering Adam Denenberg, who will continue to play a pivotal role on our tech team, and who will now be joining HuffPost's executive leadership team; second, to Sam Napolitano, who led our mobile web relaunch last year, and will now be stepping up as VP of Mobile Web.

The Huffington Post’s 9th anniversary is just around the corner (May 9th). As we head into Year 10, I couldn't be more excited about where we find ourselves: uniquely positioned to continue to innovate and be a leader in the ever-changing media world.

Thank you all for being part of this amazing journey. Arianna