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Say Media Nabs Business Insider Editor

Owen Thomas replaces Dan Lyons as EIC.



Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon
04/04/2013

Say Media's tech site ReadWrite has named a new editor-in-chief. Again.

Industry vet Owen Thomas has agreed to come to ReadWrite, replacing Dan Lyons who joined the company in October. Lyons left on April 1 for a position at marketing software company, HubSpot.

Thomas--one of several candidates for the gig, according to Say Media spokesmen via TechCrunch--had most recently been West Coast Editor for Business Insider, but held editorial leadership roles at several big-name brands before that, including VentureBeat, NBC Universal and Gawker's Valleywag.

"A decade ago, Richard MacManus launched ReadWrite by noting how the Web was beginning to fulfill its potential as a two-way medium--one meant for conversation, not broadcasting," Thomas says in a release. "I'm proud to build on that heritage by leading a team that will explore where technology is taking us next, with an analytical and critical eye."

Prepared statements aside, Thomas is known for his snark. It's a voice that that fits in with the Say Media's trademarked "Point-of-View Publishing" and a general rise in first-person storytelling.

"Owen is a brilliant writer with great experience covering every aspect of the technology industry," says Kate Lewis, senior vice president and editorial director at Say Media. "He has a distinct point-of-view and a cleverness that makes his work resonate both inside and outside of his community."

Thomas' hire comes a little over two years after Say Media acquired the site in December of 2011, and just six months following its rebranding from ReadWriteWeb to ReadWrite.

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Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon
04/04/2013







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