Dan Frommer (pictured) is the new technology editor, starting this Friday; Annalisa Merelli is joining the Ideas team as a reporter; and Matt Phillips is now a markets and finance editor. Below is parsed info from the internal memos sent out by Quartz president and EIC Kevin Delaney.
Dan is an experienced tech writer, beginning at Forbes and then from 2007 as one of the founding staff (with Henry Blodget and Peter Kafka) of Silicon Alley Insider, which later became Business Insider. He coded early versions of the site and wrote 5,700 posts while there.
Dan launched his own tech news site in 2011 called SplatF. Dan’s posts are rooted in scoops of analysis – and charts. This Netflix/AOL subscriber chart is my favorite example. We’re looking to Dan for much more of this great analytical and visual coverage of the tech industry for Quartz.
Annalisa has most recently been an editor for Narratively and UN Global Pulse. She is a native of Italy and lived in New Delhi for four years, working at various Wieden & Kennedy publications focused on art, culture, and politics. She also spent some time as a blogger for Benetton in Italy, and has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Bologna.
Annalisa is creative and dogged, and has been crucial to keeping the Ideas section churning over the last few months. She seemingly doesn’t sleep and is a voracious consumer of news and social media from around the world.
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As he’s been doing for the past few months, Matt will act as a player-coach, continuing to write while providing coverage guidance, coordination, and some of the story editing for the group. He’ll also continue to provide coverage suggestions and story ideas to the broader Quartz staff.
Matt’s promotion is a recognition of the exceptional work he’s done since Quartz’s launch, in writing signature pieces such as his economic analysis of Ghostbusters and take on the Japanese life insurance industry. It’s also in recognition of his natural leadership and focus on pursuing what’s most meaningful for serving and expanding Quartz’s readership.