FBNY has learned that Noah Robischon, managing editor of the Gawker Media Network, will be leaving the company to take up as the new executive editor of fastcompany.com starting December 1. We hear from Gawker that his position there will not be filled (there is some speculation that with site leaders able to report more directly, less management is needed up top, particularly when the outlook is so glum!).
FBNY caught up with Robischon who told us that Fast Company had approached him two months ago and that one of the attractions was that the site “has a lot of unrealized potential, and I’m excited about giving it a fresh start.” He hopes, among other things, to introduce “more daily news and original reporting” to the website. Fast Company head Robert Safian said in a memo to staff that “this high-profile addition is indicative of the ambition and commitment we have to fastcompany.com. And there is no better time, we believe, to invest in ramping up our efforts–just as others are pulling back.” Fast Company does indeed appear to be on the upswing — Robischon pointed us to these stats which show that over the past year the magazine has increased both pages and dollars. Safian’s full memo after the jump.