Say Media Nabs Business Insider Editor
Owen Thomas replaces Dan Lyons as EIC.
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.