By: Joe Strupp
Caroline Little, CEO and Publisher of Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive — the Washington Post Company’s online arm — is resigning, according to several Web reports.
Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth, in a staff memo first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site, confirmed the move.
“After 11 years at WPNI, first as general counsel, then COO and, for the past four years, as CEO and publisher, Caroline Little has decided to step down,” the memo stated. “She has led our web efforts to unparalleled success: average page views on washingtonpost.com have grown 44% to nearly 270 million in the first quarter this year, and we now boast an average of 10 million unique users every month. Also on Caroline’s watch, WPNI’s revenues grew exponentially, up 143%.”
Added Weymouth: “WPNI is a vital part of our future and will remain a separate subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. We will conduct a search for a new CEO of WPNI. In the meantime, Jennifer Moyer will remain as COO and oversee all daily operations. She and Steve Stup, vice president of sales, will report to Chris Ma at corporate.”
The publisher also announced, “I am taking this opportunity to move washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post closer to a true Washington Post Media organization — rather than a newspaper company and an Internet company. To that end, Jim Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com and Rob Curley, vice president of products, will report to me. Goli Sheikholeslami, vice president of classifieds and local products, will report to Steve Hills, president and general manager of Washington Post Media.”
Little could not be reached for comment Friday.