UPDATE: No Chairman Role for Hachette’s Kliger
As new CEO steps in, Jack Kliger to stay on as ‘senior advisor.’
In a memo to staffers, now-former Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. CEO Jack Kliger [pictured] said that he will not transition to the role of chairman as was announcedby the company in June.
Instead, Kliger wrote in the note, he will remain with Hachette as a “senior advisor” to new CEO Alain Lemarchand, who took the helm on Tuesday.
Here’s Kliger’s note:
Message from Jack Kliger
To update you on my plans, I have agreed to stay with Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. until the end of 2008 in the role of Senior Advisor to the CEO. As you know, Alain Lemarchand has now joined us as President & CEO of HFM U.S., and I want to continue to do everything I can in the coming months to contribute to a smooth transition. Alain is a seasoned and intelligent professional who has been a trusted executive in the Lagardère Group for many years. These fine attributes will benefit the company in its continued development.
I am proud of the high caliber team here, and I think that the excellence of your performance is reflected in the company’s outstanding products and reputation in the media community. Please join me in welcoming Alain Lemarchand and in giving him your full support.