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Justin Smith Named Bloomberg Media CEO

Justin Smith, often credited with saving The Atlantic, is departing the company to become the new CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. Smith had been with Atlantic Media since 2007; serving as president since 2010.

In a lengthy “Letter of Appreciation,” sent to staffers, David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, heaped praise upon Smith:

In my frame, Atlantic Media was earning its doctoral degree in modern media from one of modern media’s master practitioners. What Justin believed, he taught, and, as with Michael again, Justin’s beliefs were fierce: That the revolution underway in media is more radical than we—the industry—appreciate. That the contest between legacy and insurgent players is mortal, with advantage to the insurgents. That surviving legacy properties will have had to learn the disciplines of the insurgents—and that they can. That velocity is first among the virtues. That the speed of change is unprecedented. That ideas have their season but not more. From search to social media to native advertising to the next advantage. And, that Atlantic Media could and would and has leapt to the frontier.

At Bloomberg, Smith will be succeeding Andrew Lack, who had served as Bloomberg Media’s CEO since 2008. Lack will become chairman of Bloomberg Media Group.

Below is Bradley’s full note.

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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.

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Atlantic Media Launches ‘Defense One,’ Covering Defense, National Security

Atlantic Media is expanding its brand with Defense One, a site that will cover United States defense and national security news. This doesn’t exactly get us excited, although we’d be interested in checking out a “The 27 Coolest Top Gun Call Signs” piece.

However, if you consider yourself among the “influentials in the national security community,” maybe Defense One is the site for you. Here’s how Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media, sells the site:

Defense One will bring to this important market the disruptive combination of intelligent, indispensable journalism and leading edge digital expertise that is the hallmark of all of Atlantic Media’s properties. We see Defense One as a major growth venture and a core Atlantic Media brand.

Alright! Anyway, Defense One will launch late this summer if you’re curious.

Atlantic Media Revamps Site, Changes Logo

Out with the old, in with the new. Atlantic Media has revamped its website and updated its clunky old logo (pictured, right), in an effort to show that the company is “digital first.” The company behind The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, National Journal, Quartz and more, updated both the site and the logo with an eye toward minimalism, and it they definitely pulled it off.

The site uses HTML5, so that it appears the same across all platforms. It’s sleek and fast, and easy to navigate. The logo? Well, as you can see — the new logo is a much nicer look than the old one.

Justin Smith, Atlantic Media’s president, is obviously a big fan of the changes too. ”During a time of profound technological change, we have embraced the historic disruption facing our industry and assembled a stable of digital-first brands that reach leaders across all sectors — consumer, business, media, and government,” said Smith, in a statement. “We engage these audiences by producing high-quality journalism that is delivered through a range of formats consistent with shifting media consumption habits. Our new logo and website reflect the spirit of innovation that is at the heart of everything we do.”

Elizabeth Baker Keffer Promoted, Expands Duties at Atlantic Media

Elizabeth Baker Keffer, president of Atlantic Media’s Atlantic Live  — the events arm of the magazine — has been promoted. She will now take on the additional role of president of Quartz Live and senior vice president/group publisher of live events. Baker Keffer will now be responsible for expanding events for the recently launched business site, Quartz. She will also oversee best practices for any live event programs across the company.

“Elizabeth is a superb leader and represents the gold standard when it comes to conceptualizing and executing content-rich events aimed at influential audiences,” said Atlantic Media’s president, Justin Smith, in a statement. “She and her extremely talented team will bring enormous value to Quartz Live. And the entire company will benefit from her expertise in applying the highest standards of editorial quality, organization, and production to events across all divisions.”

Prior to serving as president of Atlantic Live, Baker Keffer was publisher of The Atlantic and executive vice president of Atlantic Media Group.

M. Scott Havens Named President of The Atlantic

M. Scott Havens has been named president of The Atlantic. Havens most recently served as Atlantic Media Company’s senior vice president of finance and digital preparations.

“Scott is the right person at the right time to take the helm of The Atlantic, our company’s flagship brand,” said Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media Company, in a statement. “For the past few years, he has been Atlantic Media’s digital business brain, implementing a ‘digital first’ strategy within each of our companies. The Atlantic requires bold, innovative leadership to continue its phenomenal track record of success. Scott’s skills, temperament, and understanding of The Atlantic’s mission are just three of many reasons that he is uniquely equipped to rise to this challenge.”

Havens has been with Atlantic Media since 2009.

Atlantic Media’s Quartz Adds Taylor Gray

Atlantic Media Company has named Taylor Gray vice president of global marketing for Quartz, its soon-to-launch business site. Gray comes to Quartz from the Huffington Post Media Group, where he worked as vice president of marketing and social media strategy.

“Taylor boldly left one of last century’s most prominent traditional media brands to join the front lines of disruptive digital media,” said Justin Smith, Atlantic Media’s president.  “Across his career, he has distinguished himself as a world-class brand builder and marketing innovator. Atlantic Media and Quartz are delighted to welcome him to our leadership team.”

Prior to his time at HuffPo, Gray was global head of brand and customer knowledge at Reuters. Before that he served as associate publisher of Time and president of Time Magazine Interactive Group.

The Atlantic Promotes Three Top Editors

The Atlantic Media Company has promoted three of its top editors. James Bennet has been named Editor-in-Chief of The AtlanticScott Stossel has been tapped as Editor, Atlantic Magazine, and Bob Cohn has jumped to Editor, Atlantic Digital.

Bennet has been with the Atlantic since 2006, most recently as Editor of The Atlantic. Stossel started in 1992, left in 1996, and rejoined earlier this year. He was most recently Deputy Editor of The Atlantic. Cohn has been with the company since 2009, most recently Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital.

Justin Smith, President of The Atlantic Media Company, said the promotions were meant “to better position us for continued growth.” See the full memo after the jump.

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Atlantic Media Promotes Digital Exec

The Atlantic Media Company has promoted Scott Havens from Vice President of Digital Strategy and Operation to Senior Vice President of Finance and Digital Operations. The move gives Havens responsibility over the company’s finances, and shifts the every day operations of its digital units to three business operations: The Atlantic, Government Executive and National Journal Group.

Justin Smith, President of the Atlantic Media Company, told Adweek that Havens has the chops to move the company in the right direction. “With the exception of marketing services business, which is more of a services model, the bulk of the opportunity we’re looking at is digital,” said Smith. “We thought it was really, really important that we put in charge of finance someone who really understands digital media.”

Steve Clemons Named Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE

Atlantic Media Company president Justin Smith announced today that Steve Clemons has joined The Atlantic as Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic.

Clemons, who comes to The Atlantic from the think tank New America Foundation, was one of Washington’s early political bloggers, publishing Washington Note, which will now be included in the family of blogs at TheAtlantic.com. Clemons will also write more broadly for the website and occasionally for the magazine.

“Both James Bennet and I are delighted to welcome Steve to our teams,” said Elizabeth Baker Keffer, vice president of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLive, in a press release. “It is a rare opportunity to add such a senior talent and we know that Steve will lift our enterprise to a new level of ambition.”

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