ALM has announced the promotion of 10 members of its senior leadership team, as part of a company-wide integration of talent and in line with the company’s global vision.
“These changes are an important step in the creation of ALM’s new global newsroom and the company’s continuing evolution as a collaborative, innovative digital powerhouse,” ALM’s Chief Content Officer Molly Miller said in a press release.
George Haj has been promoted from Southern regional editor-in-chief to ALM editorial director. In his new position, Haj will oversee reporters, editors, and copy editors across the brand’s legal, finance, insurance, and real estate verticals, and more.
Hank Grezlak will report to Haj in his role as Northeast regional editor-in-chief, which has been expanded to include oversight of all regional brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report, and the Daily Business Review.
Greg Mitchell, editor-in-chief of Law.com will now oversee all legal theme desks nationally, in line with the new global newsroom, and he will also report to Haj.
Vanessa Blum will report to Mitchell in her new role as editor of the litigation theme desk. Previously, Blum served as managing editor of The Recorder. Ginny LaRoe has been named acting editor-in-chief of The Recorder.
Nichole Morford, previously the editorial lead and manager of the digital center of excellence for the Insurance Group, has been named ALM’s new digital editor-in-chief. She will be responsible for the development of digital strategies to maximize web traffic, grow audience engagement, and monetize ALM’s digital products.
Meanwhile, Peter Westerman has been promoted from VP of market development for Internet of Things, Carrier Innovation, and Cyber Risk Management, to VP of market development and audience insights. In this role, Westerman will continue to analyze the cross-vertical potential of markets that ALM covers for new products and services.
The new director of design and multi-media journalism is Tegist Legesse, who will oversee the visuals of both digital and print ALM products, and direct video and audio efforts for daily journalism and larger projects.
Erin Harrison has been promoted from editor-in-chief of Legaltech News to editor-in-chief of multi-platform content. In this new position, she will lead and develop cross-vertical news desks and handle content sharing processes between events and publications. Zach Warren replaces Harrison as editor-in-chief of Legaltech News. Most recently, Warren served as the magazine’s managing editor.
Finally, Tasha Norman will assume the role of manager of content operations, where she will help ALM Editorial execute on new premium content solutions.
The promotions come after several acquisitions by ALM in the past two years, as part of the company’s attempt to increase its international reach.
In December of 2014, the company acquired Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, a media and information services provider for the management and IT consulting industries, as part of a move to enter adjacent markets to legal.
A few weeks later, in January 2015, ALM bought Summit Professional Networks. At the time, ALM CEO Bill Carter said in a statement, “The acquisition of Summit Professional Networks represents the next major step in ALM’s growth strategy, expanding our reach into new strategic markets.”
ALM’s acquisition of Legal Week in January 2016 was the latest in the company’s expansion plans, specifically geared toward growing its international reach.