Get Media Industry Alerts
Visit min's sister site:

Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn   Google+   
Latest Issue »
Subscribe Now »
Get 4
Free Issues »

John Byrne to Leave BusinessWeek

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

John Byrne, BusinessWeek executive editor and editor-in-chief (since July 2005), announced today (Nov. 24) that he will be leaving the magazine with the Dec. 1 expected close of the Bloomberg L.P.'s acquisition from McGraw-Hill Cos.   Byrne is relocating to San Francisco (where his wife and BW alumna Kate Rodler, is based) with plans to launch a new digital media company.   He follows editor-in-chief (since March 2005) Steve Adler, who announced his resignation several weeks ago and is being succeeded by Time deputy managing editor/ managing editor Josh Tyrangiel.

Byrne is a protégé of 1984-2005 BW editor-in-chief Steve Shepard, who hired him in 1985.  Over the next 18 years, Byrne wrote 57 cover stories, with three that turned into books:on (1) 1990s' PepsiCo.-turned-Apple Computer CEO John Scully; (2) "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap, who tore up Sunbeam in the 1990s; and (3) 1981-2001 General Electric CEO Jack Welch, with 2001's Straight from the Gut being a best-seller.  Byrne brought in Welch and wife Suzy to write a joint BW column that ended its three-year run with the Bloomberg acquistion.

In 2003, Byrne left BW to become Fast Company editor-in-chief.  Two years later, he helped engineer Joe Mansueto's purchase of it and Inc. before accepting Adler's offer to rejoin the magazine that July.

In his staff memo, Byrne thanked Adler for "giving me two very big opportunities," plus managing editors Ciro Scotti and Martin Keohan along with "the highly talented people I've been able to work with and learn from over these 22 years."

If you have breaking news to share please contact min's editors.

Friend Us on Facebook at


Post a Comment


Please enter the letters or numbers you see in the image.

More Breaking News & Views

Breaking News & Views Archives

Editorial and Design Awards Breakfast
View the Winners and Honorable Mentions
Complete Event Recap

The minsider Breakfast
December 1 | Yale Club, NYC
Register Today

Most Intriguing, Rising Stars & Hottest Launches Awards Celebration

December 3 | Grand Hyatt, NYC
Register Today

Best of the Web Awards
Entry Deadline: Dec. 4
Enter Today

See all events and awards
Search Jobs
Media Jobs
Production Editorial Associate
Annual Reviews
Palo Alto, CA

Michael J. Hennessy & Associates
Plainsboro, NJ

Director, Media Relations

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, MD

Media Planner
Tampa, FL

White Papers
Get even smarter.  Need a quick primer on a media topic? Download a white paper!

Optimizing Your Printer Services - By MRI

Media Insights: minsider Viewpoints from the Front Lines - By min

View Whitepapers
min Contests

min contests

Want to sponsor a min contest?

Inside min This Week

Free Eletters — Sign up Now