Ziff Davis Editor UnZiffed, Heads to Hachette

Matthew Rothenberg, editor-in-chief of eWeek, is leaving Ziff Davis for the online executive editor post at Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Network.

As he puts it in his good-bye Ziff e-mail:

Ablaze with editorial fervor and awash with flop sweat, I’m off to the land of big engines, deep décolletage and tremendous disposable incomes: Hachette-Filipacchi, where I’m taking the helm of that company’s men’s enthusiast Web sites.

My new bailiwick includes Car & Driver, Road & Track, Sound & Vision and Popular Photography & Imaging. (Among my first acts as executive editor will be to commission ampersands for the rest of my brands, including Premiere, Boating and Flying.)

The full farewell e-mail:


—–Original Message—–
From: Rothenberg, Matthew
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 10:59 AM
Subject: Matthew unZiffed!

Ablaze with editorial fervor and awash with flop sweat, I’m off to the land of big engines, deep décolletage and tremendous disposable incomes: Hachette-Filipacchi, where I’m taking the helm of that company’s men’s enthusiast Web sites.

My new bailiwick includes Car & Driver, Road & Track, Sound & Vision and Popular Photography & Imaging. (Among my first acts as executive editor will be to commission ampersands for the rest of my brands, including Premiere, Boating and Flying.)

My last day here is May 9, and my first day there is May 15.

Don’t think of me as gone; think of me as … No, actually: “Gone” is pretty accurate. LOL

But not forgetful of the wonderful, talented folks at Ziff-Davis!

I first arrived at this company in 1989, behind a mail cart; except for about 15 minutes in 2002, it has been a continual pleasure. I’m grateful to the company for supporting my family and my career for 17 years, and I’m obliged to all of you for making it fun and incredibly productive to work here. You are going to do more great things, and I’m going to enjoy watching you do them.

I’m around for the next week, and I’m always delighted to hear from you.

I’ll be passing along new contact info as the Hachette machine swings into action …

xxx ooo,
m.