Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey announced today a couple of promotions. Paul Fichtenbaum has been named editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group. He succeeds Terry McDonell, who remains with the company as a senior advisor. In addition, Chris Stone has been appointed managing editor at Sports Illustrated. He is the ninth person to hold that position in SI history.
“Sports Illustrated was the prism through which I viewed the sports world growing up and I’ve had the good fortune of participating in its evolution over the last two decades,” Stone said. “We tell stories—muscular, entertaining, differentiated stories and journalism-and we’re going to keep telling them, using all of our platforms to tell them in the most ambitious and accessible ways possible.”
Stone joined Sports Illustrated in 1992 and he ascended the ranks to become assistant managing editor in 2009. He also oversaw the Swimsuit franchise evolution into a multiplatform global juggernaut and notably was senior editor for baseball when SI uncovered Alex Rodriguez’s positive steroid tests which has been one of the decade’s most transcendent stories.
In Fichtenbaum’s new role, he’ll be responsible for the editorial oversight of the Group’s portfolio consisting of the Sports Illustrated, Golf and SIKids franchises.
“I am honored and humbled to be placed in the leadership position of this group with its storied brands. It’s an exciting and revolutionary time and I feel that we’re positioned well to succeed on all platforms,” Fichtenbaum said. “I’m also thrilled to be working side-by-side with brilliant young editors, Chris Stone, Matt Bean and Chris Hercik, who bring energy, smarts and vision to everything they do.”