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Linda Douglass Reduces Role at Atlantic Media

Linda Douglass is reducing her role at Atlantic Media. Douglass had been with the company since 2010, serving as senior VP, global communications. According to a memo, she is shifting to a part-time, consulting position, because she wants to “experiment with the concept of more free time.”

Succeeding Douglass is Emily Lenzner, who comes to Altantic Media from her own consulting firm. She also served as executive director of communications for ABC News’ Washington DC bureau.

Below is the note announcing the change, from Atlantic Media’s president, Justin Smith.

 

Dear Colleagues,

There is no better way of capturing our feelings than the expression “bittersweet” as I write this announcement of Linda Douglass’ decision to start a new chapter after three remarkable years at the helm of Atlantic Media’s communications efforts.

The bitter part is simple: We are saying a goodbye to the round-the-clock presence of one of our brightest and most effective stars. The sweet part is two-fold: first, that Linda has made the right personal decision to disconnect from 80 hour weeks in order to, as she put it, “experiment with the concept of more free time.”  That means she is not leaving us completely but will shift to a more part-time role advising Atlantic Media on numerous fronts.  And second, that Linda, as is her practice, has carefully tended to her succession by identifying the uniquely talented Emily Lenzner to step into her big shoes to run communications for Atlantic Media.  We are thrilled that Emily will be joining us.  More about that in a moment.

Linda is the best kind of “force of nature.”  In a very short time, she helped put Atlantic Media, our great brands and our world-class journalism and journalists, at the forefront of the American media conversation.  The impactful journalism we produce every day across multiple platforms speaks for itself.  The metrics of Atlantic Media’s success are out there for others to judge.  But Linda’s unique contribution has been to build a great communications team and tell the Atlantic Media story– in all its forms– in the most powerful ways possible.  From the doubling of The Atlantic’s business to the digitization of Government Executive and National Journal to the launch of Quartz and Atlantic Media Strategies, she has highlighted the extensive innovation within our ranks for the whole world to see.  In this crucial task, she has succeeded unequivocally.

David recently told me that he’s never been represented, better defended in the media space than by Linda Douglass and that, “personally and professionally, she’s the best possible person you could know.”  Please join me in thanking Linda for her remarkable contributions to our company.

Now, about Emily Lenzner, who has already established herself as one of the smartest communications strategists in Washington.  She joins us to lead Atlantic Media’s communications team, build on Linda’s great work and lead us into the future.  Emily has spent the last twenty years in the world of media relations and strategic communications.  She was the Executive Director of Communications for the Washington DC bureau of ABC News and then spent two years as a managing director at SDKnickerbocker before starting her own consulting firm.  She’s received rave reviews wherever she has been.  She has managed a variety of national media campaigns, including the recent high-profile roll-out of The New Republic and knows the media business well.  Emily possesses a rare understanding of both the New York media world and Beltway politics and policy.  She has been a star across every station in her career and we feel very lucky that she has chosen us for this next stage.

Please join me in thanking Linda and welcoming Emily.

Kind regards,

Justin

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