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Fortune Announces Editorial Changes

Earlier we learned of several editorial moves at WWD, and now Fortune has announced their own. Below are the highlights, followed by the memo announcing the changes from Andy Serwer, Fortune’s managing editor.

  • Cliff Leaf is retuning to Fortune as assistant managing editor. Leaf was recently guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review section. Previously he served as executive editor of Fortune.
  • Megan McCarthy has been named senior editor of Fortune.com. She comes to Fortune from Reuters.
  • Andrew Nusca has been named senior editor. He most recently served as writer/editor for CBS Interactive’s ZDNet.
  • Claire Zillman has joined as a writer for Fortune.com. She was most recently a staff reporter at American Lawyer magazine.
  • Jen Wieczner has been named writer/reporter. Wieczner comes to Fortune from MarketWatch and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Jaclyn Laraso has been named photo editor of Fortune.com. She most recently served as photo editor at Parenting.com.
  • Neil Harris has joined Fortune as an associate photo editor. He had been with Time since 2010.

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Harrison Ford Pow Wows on the Environment

Fortune magazine’s three-day conference event “Brainstorm GREEN” got off to an intriguing start this afternoon in Laguna Niguel. Actor Harrison Ford, there in his capacity as vice chair of non-profit Conservation International (CI), participated in a 2 p.m. special session with CI CEO Peter Seligmann and Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer.

The first point made by Ford is a dramatic reminder of the surprising, costly and sometimes dangerous human reactions to environmental problems:

“For instance, what’s happening with the Somali pirates, you can look at that and recognize that it’s the collapse of the fisheries, the sustainable fishing, that men equipped with boats had no other options but to be involved in piracy, and that’s cost us and the rest of our NATO partners $2 billion to try and redress. That’s the national security connection to an environment issue, conservation issue.”

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Brandon Kavulla Joins Fortune As Creative Director

Fortune has named Brandon Kavulla its creative director. He comes to the magazine from Wired, where he held the same role for the past two years. Kavulla came to Wired from Men’s Health, and he has worked at Vibe and Spin.

“I am delighted to announce that Brandon Kavulla will be joining Fortune as our new creative director,” wrote Andy Serwer, managing editor of Fortune, in a memo. “Brandon is an award-winning, veteran CD who will be an incredibly valuable addition to our team.”

Sewer’s full note is below.

 

Fortune Promotes Stephanie Mehta to Deputy Managing Editor

Stephanie Mehta has been promoted from executive editor, technology and Washington coverage, to deputy managing editor of Fortune. Mehta has been with Fortune since 2000, when she joined the magazine as a senior writer. She was bumped up to assistant managing editor in 2008, then executive editor in 2010.

“Stephanie helps steer the overall editorial direction of the magazine with great news sense and sophistication, and is a much sought-after mentor to writers and reporters from the most senior to the most junior,” wrote Martha Nelson, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, in a memo announcing the promotion. “Stephanie is everyone’s favorite colleague,” added Fortune’s managing editor, Andy Serwer, in the note. “It’s remarkable that someone who does so much is so gracious and generous too.”

The full announcement from Nelson is below.

Jack Welch Quits Contributing to Fortune and Reuters

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, has made his mind up: He will no longer contribute to Fortune or Reuters, which ran his and his wife’s columns in the past. Welch, as you probably know, garned plenty of criticism for his conspiracy theory tweet about the most recent jobs report. “Unbelievable jobs numbers,” wrote Welch. “These Chicago guys will do anything.. can’t debate so change numbers.”

Both Fortune and Rueters — among plenty of others — quickly criticized Welch’s theory. Appearing on Morning JoeFortune’s managing editor, Andy Serwer, said “I think it’s exactly the opposite of what Jack Welch is saying.” For its part, Reuters ran a story in which Welch’s idea was labled as “hilarious” by Barry Ritholtz, the CEO of Fusion IQ.

Welch’s email to Serwer and Reuters’ Steve Adler said the quitting was based entirely on his and his wife’s column not getting enough “traction” at Fortune and Reuters. Hmm… Guess we should just believe him! Right?

New Design Director at Fortune

Emily Kehe has been named the new design director at Fortune. Kehe, who first started freelancing for the magazine in 2008, had been filling in for John Korpics who left the position of creative director for a VP role at ESPN.

Regarding the selection of Kehe, managing editor Andy Serwer wrote in a staff announcement today, “…when it came time to find a permanent replacement for John, (and while we did consider other candidates), I really needed to look no further than a few doors down to Emily’s office.”

Fortune Adds Digital Development Editor

Jake Brooks has been named Fortune magazine’s new Digital Development Editor. Brooks was most recently with Brooklyn design firm Hazan+Company, and prior to that he held positions at the New York Daily News’ and the New York Observer’s websites.

Per a memo from the magazine’s Managing Editor, Andy Serwer, Brooks will be overseeing the development of apps and expanding mobile and tablet platforms.

Fortune Adds Two

Fortune magazine has hired two new columnists: Sheila Bair, most recently a chairperson with the FDIC, and John Cassidy, a contributor to the New Yorker. Bair will cover the relationship between Wall Street and politics; her first column is online today. Cassidy will report on general business, and his debut column will appear in the next issue of Fortune.

Andy Serwer, Managing Editor of Fortune, said that Bair and Cassidy would continue the tradition of having talented columnists at the magazine.

“Columnists are the heart and soul of any journalistic enterprise,” said Serwer. ”The unfettered voices of a newspaper or magazine, they opine, snarl, and otherwise shout from the treetops. The best columnists have a mastery of subject, an ironclad take, and complete command of the written word.”

Fortune.com Gets New Managing Editor

Megan Barnett has been promoted from Deputy Managing Editor to Managing Editor of Fortune.com. Barnett has been with Fortune since 2010, and has been responsible for adding several new verticals to the magazine’s site.

Andy Serwer, Managing Editor of Fortune, said Barnett’s dedication to the site created the opportunity for her. “Megan of course has been the acting head of Fortune.com and doing a great job of it under some tough circumstances, so the decision was an easy one and the move well deserved,” he said in an internal memo.

Miguel Helft Departs The New York Times for Fortune

Andy Serwer, Fortune magazine’s Managing Editor, just announced that Miguel Helft is joining the magazine as a Senior Writer. Helft will be stationed in San Francisco and cover technology and Silicon Valley for the magazine.

He had a similar role at the Times, where he wrote pieces about Facebook, Google and more.

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