HANSEN EXITS WIRED: A little over a month into his tenure as editor in chief, Scott Dadich’s Wired is already very different than his predecessor Chris Anderson’s as he has been overseeing an overhaul of the magazine’s masthead that has resulted in new titles for a slew of senior editors and the departures of some high-profile veterans.
Following Thomas Goetz, the executive editor, out the door is Evan Hansen, who over eight years as editor in chief of Wired.com had built the Web site into a traffic powerhouse. Dadich made the announcement in an afternoon internal e-mail to staff that is not expected to be public until Tuesday.
“The past few months have been a time of changed for Wired. Today, we take the next step in our transformation,” Dadich wrote.
Succeeding Hansen is Mark McClusky, who had just gotten a new title, editorial development director, in January. Despite losing a long-time veteran, Dadich managed a raid from The New York Times, Hayley Nelson, who joins as director of product.
Hansen joined Wired in 2005 and had been mentioned as possible successor to Anderson, though sources at Condé Nast say he was never a real contender for a job that was Dadich’s for the taking. Executives at Conde have long considered the 36-year-old Dadich, who had been most recently Condé’s iPad guru, a sort of wunderkind.
When Dadich was appointed Wired’s editor, it was widely assumed he’d prefer to install his own team. He started casting about to replace Hansen as early as two weeks after he was officially made editor in chief in mid November, several sources said, but he couldn’t make the final call because Hansen reports to Condé president Bob Sauerberg.
Goetz finally left in December. Hansen’s exit was effective immediately, Dadich wrote. On Tuesday, Hansen declined comment. He said he was entertaining offers, but was not ready to speak about his next step.
Dadich said Hansen’s departure will enable Wired’s print and online staffs to work more closely together but that had already happened in 2011, when Anderson integrated both newsrooms. Dadich credited Hansen for the Web site’s “significant growth” — according to his message, the Web site hit a record 76 million pageviews in January.
Hansen was not available to comment. On Twitter, he posted a terse goodbye: “So long @wired. It’s been fun.”
Under Dadich, several senior editors have also been promoted, including Jason Tanz, who rose to executive editor, and Robert Capps, who is now deputy editor in charge of the magazine’s front of book.