From CQ Head Bob Merry:
It is with sadness that I announced Mike Mills has decided to leave CQ to become editor of the Washington Business Journal. I sought very hard to dissuade Mike from making this move, but he found himself beguiled by the prospect of running his own editorial operation and also by prospects for moving into the business-side executive ranks. And so there is nothing to do but give him a rousing send-off and extend every good wish — from CQ corporately and from all of us individually — for total success and happiness in his new endeavors. The Washington Business Journal is part of a broader operation, owned by Newhouse, that publishes 41 such local business journals across the country. Many of these local enterprises are quite successful, and the overall business is highly profitable. They are contemplating a significant expansion of their web presence, and for this they consider Mike to be a highly valuable recruit. I’m sure they are not wrong in that assessment. Mike’s contribution to CQ, in two stints, has been dazzling. He rose up through the editorial ranks to gain notice as our technology writer. One person who noticed was the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, then the paper’s business editor, who recruited Mike to cover technology there. He developed such a reputation that he was eventually recruited to a heady start-up, Aether Systems, and helped take that company public. Then he rejoined CQ, where for the past five years he has been instrumental in all the major innovations and developments of our newsroom, including the integration, the foray into vertical publishing, the redesign of the print products, the ongoing efforts to upgrade the Com, and much more. Mike’s last day will be March 2. I’m sure we will have occasion to say farewell in a somewhat formal way beforehand. In the meantime, please join me in extending to Mike our hopes for every success.