Paul Fichtenbaum Named Editorial Director, Time Inc. Sports Group

A memo from  Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief John Huey: 

I am pleased to announce that, on the recommendation of Group Editor Terry McDonell, Paul Fichtenbaum is appointed to the newly created position of Editorial Director, Time Inc. Sports Group. Working with Terry, Paul will lead the editorial operations for all Sports Group digital platforms and work with the editors and staff across the brand to develop an integrated approach to sports coverage across all media.

I can heap praises on Paul as a leader and steward of the SI brand, especially during some very challenging times, but I think Terry’s words sum it up best:

“I know Paul Fichtenbaum not only as a friend, but as a journalist, manager and leader — a combination of integrity, dedication and vision that sharply qualifies him to continue to lead our integration and to help us define our broader strategies going forward. His new role will underline the continuation of a collaboration begun back in 2004 when, as SI’s NHL editor, Paul wrote a singular memo outlining a strategy for SI.com that brought forward some of the key thinking that helped define all of SI over the past eight years.”

Under Paul, SI.com has grown into a powerhouse site winning many digital honors including four consecutive MPA Website of the Year Awards, and in 2010, a National Magazine Award for its NFL coverage. Paul was well ahead of the social media tidal wave with his development of FanNation, a community website which has millions of unique users, and most recently led an ambitious digital video initiative that garners 18 million video views per month. He  joined SI in 1989 and oversaw numerous beats including the NHL, MLB, NBA, the NFL, college football, tennis and soccer. In 2000 and 2001, The Hockey News listed him as one of the “Top 100 Influential Figures in Hockey.”

Paul will continue to report directly to Terry, as will the editors of the magazines.

Please join me in congratulating Paul on this new, well-deserved assignment.

J.H.


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