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John Byrne Goes to 'BusinessWeek' as Executive Editor

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NEW YORK ( -- Just weeks ago, John A. Byrne, editor at Fast Company, helped save his magazine from the dustbin by recruiting Joe Mansueto to buy it. Now Mr. Byrne is leaving to become executive editor at BusinessWeek, a newly created post.
Shortly after helping to save 'Fast Company,' editor John Byrne is leaving it.

“This is the one job I could not turn down,” Mr. Byrne said in a statement. “I have every confidence in Fast Company’s editorial team and every confidence in the magazine’s new owner to get the magazine to a new level of success.” He had been editor for two years.

Acting editor named
Mr. Mansueto has said he bought Fast Company, along with Inc. magazine in a $34 million deal with Gruner & Jahr USA, with the intention of keeping it alive partly on the strength of its editorial team, including Mr. Byrne. Today Mr. Mansueto named Mark N. Vamos acting editor of the magazine. Mr. Vamos had been executive editor under Mr. Byrne.

At BusinessWeek, Mr. Byrne returns to familiar ground; he previously worked there for 18 years, most recently as a senior writer.

As part of the editorial changes there, BusinessWeek also named two assistant managing editors to newly created posts.

Joyce Barnathan was named executive editor of global franchise, responsible for line extensions, product launches, business partnerships and related efforts. Kathy Rebello was named executive editor for online. All three report to Stephen J. Adler, editor in chief.

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