Veteran journalist Joanne Lipman is named chief content officer at Gannett

Gannett announced Monday that former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor and ex-Conde Nast Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman has been named the newspaper chain’s chief content officer. Gannett also appointed Daniel Bernard as chief product officer. Here’s the CEO’s memo to staff:

From: A message from Bob Dickey
Date: December 7, 2015 at 7:58:29 AM EST
To: A message from Bob Dickey
Subject: Gannett Announces Two Key Appointments

Team – as we continue to build upon the outstanding leadership acumen of the company, today we named two people with tremendous experience to key positions.

I’m very happy to tell you we have appointed Joanne Lipman our first-ever chief content officer. Most recently she was principal of Surrey Lane Media and was formerly editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, and earlier deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Our second key appointment is Daniel Bernard, who will be our chief product officer. He was previously head of product for Time, Fortune and Money Digital at Time, Inc.; formerly chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network; and earlier general manager for The Wall Street Journal Online./CONTINUES

Both Joanne and Daniel will report to me. They are highly accomplished, consumer-focused leaders who have had exceptional careers in their fields. Their combined insights, knowledge and strengths will set the bar high as we pursue important new growth opportunities.

Joanne is an award-winning news executive, author and adviser to major media companies, specializing in multi-platform content strategy. Previously, she was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards. Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post – and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. While at the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the paper’s Saturday edition. She is co-author of the acclaimed music memoir Strings Attached, and author of an upcoming book about closing the gender gap at work, to be published by William Morrow. Lipman is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Daniel is an accomplished digital industry leader, strategist, product visionary and innovator, who will build on the great work that David Payne forged as Gannett’s first-ever CPO. As the head of product for Time Inc.’s Time, Fortune and Money Digital, Daniel directed product development, user experience and design and served as a strategic advisor to Time, Inc.’s, website portfolio. As the first chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network (WSJDN), he drove product innovation across all digital products, including WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com, SmartMoney.com and Barrons.com. Earlier in his career, he introduced cutting-edge ad units and custom solutions to win new business as vice president of marketing for Dow Jones Online/WSJDN. Daniel also previously served as vice president/global head of advertising development & product design for Reuters; and as director of marketing and advertising development for CBS MarketWatch, in addition to earlier working in advertising communications and research and marketing.

Please join me in welcoming Joanne and Daniel to the Gannett family. I look forward to what we all can accomplish as we work together toward the common goal of enhancing our growth and value. At the same time, I want to thank David Payne and recognize his many important contributions as chief product officer. His work created the strong foundation upon which we have built our many digital and mobile successes and we wish him all the best as he moves forward with the next iteration of his career.

Warm regards,
Bob Dickey




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