Gets New Digital Czar

journal logo 2.pngYesterday, we reported that Rebecca Blumenstein, the managing editor of, had been promoted to international editor of the paper. So, it follows that someone would have to be named to replace her.

Last night, Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson sent a memo to staffers announcing the promotion of’s deputy managing editor Kevin Delaney to the Web site’s top spot.

Delaney started his career at the Journal as an intern in college in 1992. He went on to work in the paper’s Paris and San Francisco bureaus before joining the staff. He was named deputy managing editor of the site in July 2008.

Thomson’s full memo, after the jump

Previously: Managing Editor Blumenstein Named Journal Deputy Editor

From: Thomson, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 6:24 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: Digital czar

Dear All,

I’m delighted to announce that Kevin Delaney will take over as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, succeeding Rebecca Blumenstein, who has been elevated to the dizzy heights of the troika.

Kevin is deftly digital and been a knowing leader of the development of in recent years. He’s been deputy managing editor at since July 2008, and played a critical role in commissioning content, crafting topics pages, and fashioning outside partnerships. Before joining, he was a senior special writer in the San Francisco bureau, where he covered Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies, and learned the mysterious secrets of the tech trade. Prior to that, he covered technology and other topics in the Paris bureau, having begun his Journal career as a college intern in 1992.

Kevin will report to Alan Murray and will benefit from the connection with his two predecessors, Rebecca and Almar Latour, who have moved to very senior posts in our far-flung empire, on which the digital sun never sets.