David Rothkopf is out as editor and CEO of Foreign Policy Group, a position he had held since 2012. The news was first broken by Politico’s Hadas Gold, who reported that the decision was one that surprised staff, according to a source.
It was prompted in part by Rothkopf’s competing roles. “While running FP Rothkopf also continued heading up his own international advisory firm Garten Rothkopf, which a separate tipster suggested to me led to some complications with his FP job,” wrote Gold. Garten Rothkopf was renamed FP Analytics when the Foreign Policy Group purchased it in August of last year.
A statement from Foreign Policy, which includes Rothkopf’s own words, reads:
David Rothkopf is leaving his role as CEO and Editor of the FP Group effective immediately. Rothkopf said, “Working with the team at FP has been one of the great privileges of my career and I am extremely proud of the growth we have achieved as an organization editorially and from a business perspective.” Rothkopf indicated that he will be pursuing other new business and writing projects in the months ahead.
Employees were notified Tuesday. Rothkopf’s most recent article is dated May 10, which is also the most recent episode of The Editor’s Roundtable, the twice-weekly podcast he has hosted since September 2015.