ALM Announces Senior Editorial Team Promotions
Moves Are an “Important Step” in Creating a New Global Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY—June 20, 2016—ALM has announced several promotions to its senior editorial leadership team as part of its ongoing company-wide integration of talent to embrace a new vision of how to provide professionals in complex industries with news, data, analysis, marketing solutions and events on the right platform, in the right format, and at the right time to successfully manage the business of business (https://www.alm.com/about-us/leadership/).
“These changes are an important step in the creation of ALM’s new global newsroom and the company’s continuing evolution as a collaborative, innovative digital powerhouse,” said Molly Miller, ALM Chief Content Officer. “We will continue to share more details about this transformation in the coming weeks.”
Editorial leadership promotions include:
George Haj is now ALM Editorial Director. He was previously Regional Editor-in-Chief for the South. In this new role, Haj will oversee reporters, editors and copy editors across ALM’s legal, finance, insurance and real estate verticals. He will focus on further integrating the ALM newsroom to accelerate the process of identifying content in each area that would be of interest to other audiences that ALM reaches, as well as creating cross-vertical content and products.
Nichole Morford was promoted to Digital Editor-in-Chief. She will be responsible for the development of digital strategies to maximize web traffic, deepen audience engagement and effectively monetize ALM’s digital products. Morford’s experience is instrumental to the company’s digital-first focus. She has helped lead digital-first initiatives across a number of different business models over the past decade. Morford was most recently Editorial Lead and Manager of the Digital Center of Excellence for the Insurance Group.
Peter Westerman is now Vice President of Market Development & Audience Insights. He will continue to assess the cross-vertical appetite of markets covered by ALM for new products and services and work with other team members to create new products. He will also support the collection and analysis of data and recommend how to deliver the most valuable information to readers at the time and on the platform where they are most receptive.
Tegist Legesse was promoted to Director of Design & Multi-Media Journalism. Legesse will oversee the visual look and feel of all ALM products—digital and print—as well as direct new video and audio efforts for daily journalism and larger projects. She will also establish the visual signature for all ALM brands and websites.
Erin Harrison is now Editor-in-Chief of Multi-Platform Content. She will be responsible for developing and leading several cross-vertical news desks and implementing standards and procedures for sharing content across events and publications. Harrison was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Legaltech News.
Zach Warren will take over as Editor-in-Chief of Legaltech News. He was previously Managing Editor of the magazine.
Hank Grezlak’s role as Regional Editor-in-Chief for the Northeast has been expanded to include oversight of all regional brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report and the Daily Business Review. Grezlak, who will be reporting to Haj, will ensure seamless communications between brand editors and the new global newsroom.
Greg Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Law.com, will now oversee all legal theme desks across the nation as part of the new global newsroom. He will report to Haj. Mitchell will focus his efforts upon further elevating the quality of ALM’s content and developing more stories for multiple markets and national use. He will continue to oversee the editorial strategy for Law.com.
Vanessa Blum, who will be reporting to Mitchell, has been promoted from Managing Editor of The Recorder to Editor of the litigation theme desk. Ginny LaRoe will be the acting Editor-in-Chief of The Recorder.
Tasha Norman has been promoted to Manager of Content Operations. Norman will be helping ALM Editorial execute on new premium content solutions.
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