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Byrne named editor in chief of BusinessWeek.com

June 7, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

BusinessWeek announced Thursday that executive editor John A. Byrne has been named executive editor/editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com, the influential and award-winning website.

In his new role, Byrne will be responsible for the editorial operations of BusinessWeek.com and will guide the further integration and collaboration between the print and online editorial staffs.

John ByrneBusinessWeek.com has recently seen rapid growth, introducing many valuable new features and capabilities, such as the Company Insight Center, expanded video and podcast offerings, additional blogs, and news summaries.  The website won a National Magazine Award in 2007 for Best Interactive Service for the B-Schools Channel.Â

BusinessWeek.com averaged more than 6.7 million unique users per month in the first quarter of 2007, a 22 percent increase from the first quarter 2006.Â

As executive editor of BusinessWeek, Byrne has served as the day-to-day leader of the most widely read business magazine.  His replacement will be named shortly.  Byrne succeeds Kathy Rebello, who has left to pursue other opportunities. He will continue to report to BusinessWeek editor in chief Stephen Adler.

“John has done an extraordinary job of energizing and improving the magazine over the last two years,” Adler said. “He was deeply involved in developing our online presence in the mid-1990s.  And in the past two months, during a temporary stint at our website, he’s added a daily executive summary, a new podcast of the week’s top business news, three new blogs, and narrated slideshows. BusinessWeek.com is an essential part of our future and our franchise, and no one is more qualified than John to run it.”Â

Byrne rejoined in August 2005, after serving as editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine. Prior to joining Fast Company, he worked for BusinessWeek for nearly 18 years, most recently holding the position of senior writer and writing a record 57 cover stories for the magazine.

In 1991, Byrne was named a National Magazine Award finalist for his BusinessWeek cover story, “Are CEOs Paid Too Much?”  Several of his stories have been finalists for the prestigious Loeb Award and have been published in collections of the Best Business Stories of the Year.Â

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