HuffPost M.E. Jimmy Soni transfers to India

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The Huffington Post has reshuffled its masthead, replacing managing editor Jimmy Soni with national editor Kate Palmer.

Soni will leave the No. 3 editorial position and head to India, where The Huffington Post plans to launch a new edition.

"We are getting ready to announce our partnership and timeline for HuffPost's launch in India," editor in chief Arianna Huffington said in a statement provided to Capital confirming the move. "It has been Jimmy's dream to spearhead the launch in India, where his parents were born and raised, and as India is such a huge and important market for us, I'm delighted that he will be there from the beginning of this effort until the launch."

Huffington said that Soni will return to New York in a new role after the site is up and running.

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Palmer came to the site in May 2012 from The Onion, where she served as managing editor. She was deputy managing editor for Foreign Policy magazine before that.

"Kate Palmer has done a fantastic job as National Editor, and I'm excited for her to build on her many accomplishments in her new role as Managing Editor," Huffington said.

Soni's deputy managing editor Elyse Siegel has also taken on a new role, with the title of director of global growth strategy.

As Capital reported on May 8, in an article about the site's evolving editorial strategy, Soni's management style, described by some as imperious, has not always been well-received.

"Part of my goal is to preserve the culture that started nine years ago when HuffPost was a small, scrappy place," he told Capital at the time. "I'm also proud that I've empowered people to really take leadership positions. The newsroom is stronger, smarter and better than it was."

A former chief of staff to Huffington, Soni has served as managing editor since March 2012, when he was promoted to the position at age 26. He was previously a management consultant for McKinsey and a speechwriter for the mayor of Washington, D.C.

Announcing his appointment to the position, Huffington said, "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."