Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
Shifting from News to Wellness, Arianna Huffington Leaves HuffPost
Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington announced this week she is leaving the digital publication. Ms. Huffington, who co-founded her namesake news aggregator site in 2005, has served as editor-in-chief and president since AOL acquired HuffPost in 2011. She is leaving to focus on a startup she founded recently, Thrive Global, a health and wellness platform that provides training and seminars on productivity and well-being. Huffington disputes claims by Recode and other publications indicating she’s leaving due to the timing of AOL parent company Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo! a few weeks earlier. The purchase is expected to change the organizational structure of AOL and Huffington Post; however, Huffington believes Yahoo! will serve as a strong additional distribution channel for HuffPost’s content. HuffPost draws some 200 million unique visitors each month.
Red Robin Rotates Its CEO
Casual-dining chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers this month announced its CEO succession plan. Current president Denny Marie Post was promoted to CEO, succeeding the retiring Steve Carley, who’s been at the helm since 2010. Post served as the chain’s chief marketing officer from 2011 to 2015, when she was promoted to EVP and chief concept officer. She’s also held executive roles at other food chains, including Burger King and Starbucks. Post has served as Red Robin’s president since February 2016.
Intel Processes New CIO
Chip maker Intel hired Paula Tolliver as its new VP and CIO. Tolliver succeeded Kimberly Stevenson, who was appointed as COO of Intel’s Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture (CISA) Group. Tolliver joined the company from Dow Chemical, where she most recently served as CIO and VP business services. Tolliver’s time at Dow spanned more than 20 years.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!
Rachel Gallo is a writer and editor at Hoover’s and contributor to Bizmology. Her work covers a variety of industries and topics, including news and trends across the health care, financial services, technology, and business services industries.