TheAtlantic.com has hired Derek Thompson to be its new business editor. He’s a former fellow for The Atlantic. They say that his “instincts for creativity and rigor” make him qualified along with his work on the business team since 2009.

See the internal memo from Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital…

After a thorough search process that surfaced many excellent candidates, I am happy to report that we found a great business editor for TheAtlantic.com rather close to home. Derek Thompson started at the company in 2008 as a fellow in the innovation center, working on new digital products. He joined the business team at The Atlantic in 2009 and for the last two years has been a backbone of the channel: writing posts, editing outside contributors, producing pages, and thinking of new ways to expand and package our coverage. Derek’s instincts for creativity and rigor make him a great choice for this job.

Working with Megan [McArdle] and Dan [Indiviglio], Derek will continue to write for business (and other channels as well). Among his new duties: help craft a strategic vision for the business channel, expand the scope of coverage, hire new writers,  and ensure the overall editorial quality of our business coverage.  A senior editor, Derek will report to John [Gould].

Please join me in congratulating Derek on his new role.

Bob