Paul Fichtenbaum Steps Down From Sports Illustrated After 27 Years
An announcement regarding the group editor's replacement is forthcoming.
Breaking: Chris Stone named SI editorial director.
After 27 years, Paul Fichtenbaum is leaving Sports Illustrated and vacating his role as group editor. The announcement came today, through a company statement.
“I have been with Sports Illustrated since I was a kid and after more than a quarter century, I decided it was time to explore new challenges,” Fichtenbaum says in a statement. “We have been talking about this for a while and now is the perfect time to make the change. I have been fortunate to be part of the team that has reinvented Sports Illustrated, especially over the last few years when we launched more businesses and content verticals than ever. The franchise has the wind at its back. There has been no better place to be a journalist and develop new media than Time Inc.”
Time Inc. has not indicated yet who will step into the editorial leadership role at SI, but the company did state another announcement is coming soon—likely before Fichtenbaum’s last day on June 30.
“Paul leaves an indelible legacy on Sports Illustrated and Time Inc.," Rich Battista, President, Time Inc. Entertainment & Sports Group and Video says ina release. "Through innovation and a tireless pursuit of excellence, Sports Illustrated has adapted well to the constantly evolving media landscape. There are also countless members of the team who have flourished under his guidance which is a testament to his leadership. We all wish him the very best as he enters this new chapter.”