POLITICO chief operating officer Kim Kingsley today announced two staff promotions to its executive leadership team in an email from her, John Harris, and Jim VandeHei. Danielle Jones has been named EVP of expansion and Miki King, EVP of operations.
Kingsley also hints at the Rosslyn-based politics hub’s continued plan for world domination, beyond just its European venture, in the announcement for Jones.
“Danielle, who has been with us since year one and understands POLITICO better than anyone, will help manage our expansion efforts into Europe and elsewhere…She will also begin preparations for expansion into states beyond New York. We will have more to say on that later this year.”
See the full note to staff after the jump.
From: Kim Kingsley
Date: September 15, 2014 at 2:38:03 PM EDT
Subject: Exciting News
We are excited to name two new members to our company’s executive leadership team: Danielle Jones, Executive Vice President, Expansion, and Miki King, Executive Vice President, Operations.
These are two new roles for our company, reflecting our commitment to making sure we have sufficient support at the very top of POLITICO to guide our expansion in Washington, Europe and beyond. Together, Danielle and Miki will work to smartly prepare for, manage and perfect our growth plans.
Danielle, who has been with us since year one and understands POLITICO better than anyone, will help manage our expansion efforts into Europe and elsewhere. As the Deputy Editor-in-Chief and, previously, our managing editor, online, Danielle managed our personnel, content and budget in a way that has shaped, indelibly, the publication that we are today. Her leadership in the newsroom and grasp of our editorial mission make her the perfect person for this job.
In her new role, Danielle’s chief responsibility will be ensuring that our journalistic style, culture, operations and strategy are wired into the DNA of new ventures, starting with Europe but soon extending to new POLITICO branches in key states.
Danielle will be crafting – and implementing – a new strategy for training European staff on the POLITICO approach to journalism. And Danielle will be intimately involved in our launch of the new joint venture. Nothing is more important to the success of our European edition than smartly exporting our best tricks and habits.
She will also begin preparations for expansion into states beyond New York. We will have more to say on that later this year. Finally, Danielle will also work closely with Katherine Lehr on our efforts to continue building Capital New York.
Miki King, the architect of our highly successful subscription sales operation, will help Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley handle operations company-wide. Like Danielle, Miki is brimming with passion and ideas for making this the best place to work in media.
Under Miki’s leadership, the Pro sales team grew exponentially, built a solid leadership and management infrastructure, and developed a culture of collaboration, hard work and fun. We could not be more excited about bringing Miki’s expertise and energy to the broader company.
In her new role, Miki will oversee corporate administration, talent operations, corporate responsibility and process development here in Rosslyn. Specifically and most immediately, Miki will work directly with Executive Director of Administration Liz Breckenridge to manage the move into our new space. She will also work closely with our Director of Operations, Kara Kearns, on revamping our newsroom systems, and with Rebecca Smith, Director of Revenue Operations, on implementing operational efficiencies across all of our business units.
Miki will also oversee a newly formed Talent Operations team, led by Director of Talent Operations Jennifer Carignan that will be focused on attracting, training, developing and retaining talent at every level of the organization, with a renewed focus on diversity recruitment. Miki and the Talent Operations team will work closely with Vice President of Human Resources Joanne Ochsman to achieve these goals and ensure compliance of all of our personnel practices.
Never before has POLITICO invested this much in expanding our newsroom, business, technology and operations. We are lucky Danielle and Miki agreed to take on broader roles to make this all happen.
On a personal note, it is very gratifying to see two of our smartest and most passionate leaders grow into these executive roles and know they will be by our sides in this exciting next chapter.
Jim, John, Kim