Roy Johnson Out As Men's Fitness Editor-in-Chief

By Marcus Vanderberg 

Roy Johnson is out as Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Fitness.

The former Sports Illustrated assistant managing editor joined Men’s Fitness as a consultant to CEO David Pecker before he was hired as editor-in-chief in May 2007.

Johnson tweeted out the following message on Monday afternoon:

Tweets: I just wanted you all to know that I am no longer the Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Fitness.

For the second time in my career, the harsh realities of our challenging economy have touched me, and my family – as they have so many others in our industry.

I’m extremely grateful to American Media CEO David Pecker for offering me the opportunity to oversee Men’s Fitness for almost four years. I’m proud of the brand and, in particular, our staff, which produced great fitness and nutrition content every issue and every day on
Now, I’m excited about tomorrow. I am excited about reviving my consulting enterprise, RSJ Media Solutions, to help companies grow and thrive in this unique environment by providing creative and effective editorial content for all media platforms, guidance on new product development (particularly digital) and advice on leveraging social media to enhance brands and boost the bottom line.

While I’ve endured hurdles and setbacks (who hasn’t?!), I remain excited about the media industry and its prospects for engaging, informing and entertaining consumers, reaching them whenever and wherever they want to be reached.

I also remain passionate about helping people live fit healthy lifestyles and will be creating new products and events to inform-and hopefully inspire-more of us to exercise, eat smarter and live their best. At a time when obesity remains one of our nation’s biggest threats (the biggest killer among African Americans), there are few greater rewards than providing someone with the tools and the motivation to change their lives.