Slate Announces New Publisher
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive's Vice President of Business Development John Alderman Succeeds Cliff Sloan as Publisher of Slate
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2008—Slate, the daily online magazine, today announced it will have a new publisher, John Alderman. Alderman is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), which owns Slate. On April 1, 2008, Alderman will succeed Cliff Sloan, who is leaving his role as Slate's Publisher and WPNI's General Counsel to be a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP.
"I am thrilled to be joining Slate," said Alderman. "It's a unique chance to return to my publishing roots and work with the original and still most innovative magazine on the web."
Before joining WPNI, Alderman was VP of Business Development at The Away Network, an online travel publisher, and General Manager of Outside Online.
"We look forward to supporting John in his new role. He's well-suited for the position, given his successful ventures across WPNI and strong publishing background," said Caroline H. Little, CEO and Publisher of WPNI. "While we're excited for John and Slate, enormous thanks and appreciation are due to our friend and colleague Cliff, whom we will miss, and we wish him success on his next journey."
During Sloan's tenure, Slate has reached record-high traffic and has won numerous awards. Sloan has also been key to giving Slate a reputation for innovative advertising programs.
"Cliff has been instrumental to Slate's success during the three years we've been part of The Washington Post Company. His friends at Slate are going to miss him tremendously—and I especially. We're confident, though, that we have found a worthy successor in John Alderman," said Jacob Weisberg, Slate's Editor.
Alderman will continue to oversee business development across WPNI in addition to his role as Publisher of Slate. With Sloan's departure, former Deputy General Counsel Sherrese Smith will become General Counsel.
Slate (www.Slate.com) is a daily online magazine that offers fresh angles on stories in the news and innovative entertainment coverage, all with their signature wit and irreverence. Pushing the boundaries of convention, Slate publishes provocative commentary on topics such as politics, culture, business and technology. Slate is owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).
About Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI)
The online publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO), Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive strives to produce thought-provoking and engaging content on its suite of Web sites, which include washingtonpost.com, Newsweek.com, Slate.com, TheRoot.com, Budget Travel Online and Sprig.com. Reaching a combined 16 million unique users each month, WPNI aims to inform and to stimulate debate while encouraging audience participation.
The company is headquartered in Arlington, VA.
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