National Journal president and publisher Poppy MacDonald returns to Politico in September as president of Politico U.S. MacDonald had left Politico in 2011–when she had been executive director of business development, Politico Pro–for National Journal. She joined NJ initially as vice president, membership, moving up to chief revenue officer the following year before taking on her current role in 2014.
“After five years with us, most recently as President and Publisher, it’s hard to see Poppy go,” writes Atlantic Media president Michael Finnegan in a memo to staff. “In that time she also developed and grown National Journal’s groundbreaking membership business, the foundation on which the company has built a suite of products and services dedicated to helping Washington policy practitioners do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.”
Kevin Turpin will replace MacDonald as president at National Journal. Turpin is currently the senior vice president for strategy and operations, a role he was promoted to in March. “Taking on this leadership role is a natural progression for Kevin. Throughout his eleven years with National Journal, Kevin has consistently demonstrated a keen talent and instinct about the needs of the Washington market,” writes Finnegan.
During his time at National Journal, Turpin has developed many National Journal products and services, including the brand research service Policy Brands Roundtable and the recently launched Network Science Initiative, which provides data analysis and research on the tangle of influence that informs policymakers.
MacDonald arrives at Politico as the organization deals with major executive-level turnover that began with the announcement in January that Politico CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei would be leaving. As if to emphasize that point, there was news over the weekend of another departure, that of Politico executive vice president for audience solutions and president of Politico Focus Peter Cherukuri, who is joining tech startup 1776 as its president and chief innovation officer.