Clifton Leaf Is Named Editor In Chief of Fortune

Plus, Alan Murray is upped to president of Fortune, Adam Lashinsky to executive editor

Time Inc. has promoted Fortune deputy editor Clifton Leaf to editor in chief of the magazine, replacing Alan Murray, who is upped to president of Fortune as he keeps the chief content officer role he has held since last summer. Meanwhile, Adam Lashinsky, who had been assistant managing editor, is upped to executive editor, reporting to Leaf and taking on oversight of the conference division as part of his expanded duties.

Leaf is the 87 year-old magazine’s 18th editor, and has worked for five of the others in two separate terms at Fortune. “Cliff Leaf has proven himself to be the perfect person to lead Fortune’s editorial efforts, in print, digital, and live events,” said Murray in a statement. “He has a fine eye for great stories, an effusive leadership style, and I’m sure he’ll do great things in this new assignment.”

Leaf had served as deputy editor since 2014, responsible for the print magazine as part of that role, and, during his time at Fortune, created the Brainstorm Health Daily newsletter and recently co-created the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference. He had previously served as a guest editor for the New York Times’ op-ed and Sunday Review, and was executive editor of the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney Magazine prior to that.

“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to lead Fortune, one of the most respected and authoritative voices in journalism,” said Leaf in a statement. “I’ve had the privilege of working for—and learning from—five great top Fortune editors, from John Huey to Alan Murray, and I am honored to get the chance to shepherd this brand into the next decade.”