POLITICO, Washington’s hometown success story, is going through a major upheaval. Jim VandeHei, Politico’s co-founder, president and CEO is leaving along with Mike Allen, Politico’s chief political reporter. The departure is planned after the election. Three other executives have announced their departure as well. They include COO, Kim Kingsley, EVP Danielle Jones and chief revenue officer Roy Schwartz. Robert L. Allbritton, founder and publisher will assume the CEO role.
VandeHei was a congressional and White House reporter for The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal before co-founding Politico. Vanity Fair named him one of the 100 leading information age thinkers in America for his early work helping create Politico. Along with fellow co-founder John F. Harris, they were named the 2015 Editors of the Year by the National Press Foundation, which said: “They have brought energy, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit to reshaping journalism as it must be practiced in the future.” Harris, currently editor-in-chief, will continue in that role while also becoming publisher.
To learn more about the reasons behind his departure, check out: A memo from POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei