Michael Rooney, chief revenue officer of Dow Jones since 2007, is leaving the company. According to a memo from Lex Fenwick, Dow Jones’ CEO and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Rooney is departing to “fulfill his dream of traveling around the world with his wife.” Rooney joined Dow Jones from ESPN, where he had served as executive vice president of multimedia sales since 2005.
In the same note, Fenwick also announced that Trevor Fellows has been named Dow Jones’ global head of advertising sales. Fellows comes to the company from Bloomberg LP, where he served as head of global media sales in the states and the United Kingdom.
Below is Fenwick’s full memo.
It is with warm wishes that I announce today Michael Rooney will be leaving Dow Jones to take a well-earned sabbatical. After a successful 35-year career in advertising sales, the last six with The Wall Street Journal, Michael will fulfill his dream of traveling around the world with his wife. During his tenure with Dow Jones, Michael has been one of the loudest cheerleaders for the Journal franchise. He built a strong sales team and laid the groundwork for our current and future advertising successes. Through it all, he has never failed to bring a sense of fun to everything he does. We are all indebted to his dedication and leadership. Please join me in wishing him all the very best — here’s to many passport stamps and new adventures.
I am also pleased to share the news that Trevor Fellows will be joining Dow Jones as the new Head of Global Advertising Sales. Trevor, who joins us from Bloomberg, has had a long and successful career in global ad sales. He has served as Bloomberg’s Head of Global Media Sales in the U.S. and the U.K. and was also Head of Distribution and Ad Sales for EMEA and Asia. He brings an impressive breadth of experience and leadership, please join me in welcoming him to Dow Jones.
Michael remains with us for a short while to ensure a smooth transition with Trevor, who begins work in a few weeks’ time. Trevor will report directly to me.