Washington, D.C.—Atlantic Media Co. has named Kevin J. Delaney editor in chief of the company's long-planned digital business brand, which is slated to launch later this year. Delaney was most recently managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Online.
In a statement, Justin B. Smith, president of Atlantic Media, called the new business property “our most important launch since The Atlantic Monthly
in 1857.” Atlantic Media, which publishes The Atlantic, Government
and National Journal
, has used a cadre of bloggers and products such as AtlanticWire to transform itself into a digital-first content business over the past several years.
The company has been working toward launching a digital business property at least since it hired Michael Kinsley, the founder of Slate, to head the planned site in 2009. Kinsley, however, left in early 2010, and development for the site was put on hold.