Turmoil at Daily Beast as CEO Steps Down

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 10:22 PM

 

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In another sign of rapid turnover among its executive ranks, The Daily Beast is losing Chief Executive Officer Rhona Murphy.

Murphy announced she was stepping down in an internal memo obtained by TheWrap. The CEO said she plans to return to her native Ireland to live full-time. Her replacement was not immediately announced, although Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and chief digital officer Mike Dyer are expected to take the reins and add the new titles of managing directors of the website.

Murphy also revealed she had hired Sarah Chubb to be senior adviser at the Beast.

The Daily Beast continues to work towards regaining its footing after Tina Brown left the publication in January. It has recently experienced a series of high level departures since last year including columnists Howard Kurtz and Andrew Sullivan. The site has made several high profile hires of late, including former Politico congressional reporter Tim Mak and former Anthony Weiner intern Olivia Nuzzi who was hired as a political reporter.

The site is averaging 17 million unique visitors this year, up from about 13.5 millionover the same time last year, according to the Daily Beast.

Avlon tweeted that he was excited about the site's future with the hiring of Chubb.

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