Fortune appearing editor in chief Brian O’Keefe despatched out the next on Friday:
It offers me great pleasure to announce two very well-deserved promotions at Fortune. As of at the moment, Kristen Bellstrom is promoted from the position of Options Editor to Govt Editor, and Rachel Lobdell is promoted from Digital Editor to Editorial Director.
When Kristen joined Fortune in 2015 to take over because the lead author of the Broadsheet, the fledgling e-newsletter had fewer than 15,000 subscribers. At present, below Kristen’s management, it has a passionate following of greater than 100,000 each day readers. Kristen is instrumental to the success of the Most Highly effective Ladies franchise in a mess of different methods, as properly: This fall marks her fifth yr co-leading the checklist and editorial bundle with Beth Kowitt and she or he co-chairs the flagship MPW summit and MPW Subsequent Gen occasions. However Kristen’s accomplishments prolong properly past MPW. If there’s been a single frequent thread in Fortune’s award-winning journalism over the previous couple of years, it’s how lots of the successful items have been edited by Kristen. Tales that she’s shepherded have received SABEW, New York Press Membership, Headliner and Excellence in Monetary Journalism awards, simply to call a couple of honors. Kristen is as proficient a author and reporter as she is an editor. Her piece on “How the Leather-based Jacket Turned the New Energy Blazer” formed wardrobe selections on the hit HBO present “Succession” and her award-winning investigative story “Breach of Belief,” co-written with Beth Kowitt, prompted the resignation of then-Tronc CEO Michael Ferro. As Govt Editor, Kristen will proceed to broaden our digital options desk and tackle a much bigger position in overseeing in planning and overseeing our core editorial franchises and print journal points.
Given how a lot she’s achieved in her tenure already, and the way integral she has turn into to nearly every part we do, it’s typically straightforward to neglect that Rachel joined Fortune simply two years in the past this month. She is a supervisor and organizer extraordinaire, in fact, coordinating efforts between the gross sales, convention, tech, and edit groups, in addition to taking the lead on recruiting and onboarding new hires for the edit workforce. However Rachel has additionally confirmed herself to be an distinctive strategic thinker and a font of concepts. Final yr, whereas serving to us to navigate via the shock of the pandemic, Rachel conceived and executed the “How one can Reopen” bundle, which was not solely an enormous success by itself but additionally offered a blueprint for a sequence of latest, formidable digital packages this yr. She has led our protection of COVID-19 and the 2020 election (and its aftermath), and has taken possession of the 40U40 franchise, propelling it to new heights digitally. And she or he edited Karen Yuan’s SABEW-award-winning story on “The altering way forward for Chinese language-American eating places.” Rachel has additionally fostered a brand new tradition of innovation at Fortune. She created our first pop-up e-newsletter, Outbreak, and just lately launched the concept of edit “theme weeks” to assist channel our greatest journalism into subscription-driving edit packages. As Editorial Director, Rachel will proceed to supervise our digital journalism whereas taking up a good greater position (if such a factor is feasible) in guiding our total editorial technique.
Please be part of me in congratulating Kristen and Rachel on their thrilling new roles. Fortune is certainly lucky to have such a pair of proficient, dynamic journalists.