WaPo loses another top exec

The woman in charge of Washington Post Live is leaving the paper to join a D.C.-based digital start-up called Personal. Jenny Abramson started at the Post as an MBA intern in 2004. “Jenny has helped us reinvigorate many businesses with her great focus and energy,” says a memo to the Post staff. It’s posted after the jump.

From: Steve Hills
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM
Subject: Announcement: Organizational Changes Effective April 20

All Post Employees,

I regret to announce that Jenny Abramson (General Manager, Washington Post
Live & Magazine Group) has decided to leave The Post. Jenny will join a
digital start-up called Personal, based here in D.C., and has agreed to
stay with us through April 20 to help with the transition.

Jenny joined The Post as an MBA intern in 2004. From there, she took on a
number of key roles including managing the outside sales team in JOBS,
leading Sports Marketing, running the Magazine, TV Week and Custom Content
Group, launching FW (Fashion Washington), and most recently growing
Washington Post Live. These businesses grew under Jenny’s leadership,
particularly Washington Post Live where – in partnership with Mary Jordan –
she has led that business to great success. Jenny has helped us
reinvigorate many businesses with her great focus and energy.

Following Jenny’s departure on April 20, Julie Gunderson will become the
Interim of the Magazine Group and Publisher of FW. She will report to
Arnie Applebaum in this capacity. Emily Akhtarzandi will become the
Interim GM of Washington Post Live. We will post the GM, Washington Post
Live role early next week, both internally and externally. Julie Perlstein
will continue to lead the Advertising Promotions team and report to Emily
during this transition.

Please join me in thanking Jenny for her contributions to The Washington
Post and in wishing her the best in her new venture.

Steve Hills
President and General Manager
Washington Post Media