With the recent passing of conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart, the parent company has announced his replacements. Politico first reported the news this morning at the crack of dawn.
Breitbart News Network, LLC, which oversees Breitbart.com, reported today that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Bannon (pictured at right) as Executive Chairman and Laurence Solov as Chief Executive Officer/President, effectively immediately.
Breitbart, the company’s founder, held these positions at the time of his unexpected passing on March 1st. Other positions: Joel Pollack will be Editor-in-Chief; Alexander Marlow will be Managing Editor and Ben Shapiro will be Editor-at-Large.
And they’re all impressively schooled. Bannon: Masters degrees from Georgetown and Harvard; Solov: Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford; Pollack: Harvard undergrad and graduate school; Marlow: UCLA-Berkley; Shapiro: Harvard Law School.
“Andrew and I were like brothers our whole lives and have been business partners since 2007,” said Solov. “Steve was a great friend of Andrew’s and has been there the last several years helping us build Breitbart News. Andrew possessed a very specific vision of what he wanted the company to become. Steve and I share that vision, which we will pursue relentlessly.”
Bannon is a former Naval Officer, serving aboard a destroyer with the Pacific Fleet and as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He is also a former M&A investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a film writer/director. Bannon was most recently the Chairman/CEO of IMI Exchange.