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Loyal readers, please join me in welcoming Paul Michelman to our MIT Sloan Management Review team. Effective Monday, Dec 21, 2015, Paul’s appointment as editor in chief is the latest milestone in MIT SMR’s digital transformation journey.
As chief content strategist, Paul will guide MIT SMR’s digital content strategy across the entire content lifecycle. It is exciting that Paul — someone who has pushed the boundaries of publishing from the explosion of the Web until now — has decided to join forces with us. In fact, we should be welcoming Paul “home”; he was director of publications at MIT Sloan for one year in the mid-1990s.
Most recently, as editor-in-chief of Safari Books Online, Paul served as principal curator of Safari’s 40,000-volume library of articles, books, videos, and digital courses, as well as its lead editorial voice. His portfolio of responsibilities spanned content strategy, acquisitions, original-content development, and guiding the customer’s editorial experience.
Prior to joining Safari, Paul spent the previous dozen years in leadership roles at two of the other premier names in management publishing:
As Harvard Business Review’s executive editor and director of new editorial products, Paul launched a suite of digital initiatives over a 10-year period that today comprise the core of HBR’s online brand.
In 2012, Paul joined strategy+business as executive editor, where he spearheaded a digital make-over of s+b, helping to transform it from a print-centric, issue-based publishing paradigm to a more fluid digital model in which the Web is the primary distribution platform. Paul also edited and wrote some of the magazine’s most popular features and introduced new editorial techniques, such as interactive assessments, to s+b’s story-telling toolkit.
Over the course of his career, Paul has worked across every form of consumer media, including magazines, video, audio, books, and all aspects of digital publishing.