News Corp.’s senior vice president of strategy Raju Narisetti is heading to Univision Communications Inc., where he will become the chief executive officer of the Gizmodo Group, a unit within Fusion Media Group. He joins the company in late October.
Gizmodo is the rebranded group of Gawker Media properties — minus Gawker, which shuttered when Univision bought the company at a bankruptcy auction last month for $135 million. They include Jezebel, Gizmodo, Kalopnick, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku. As previously reported, Nick Denton, the group’s founder, is no longer involved in the company since the sale.
Narisetti will be based in New York and report to Isaac Lee, chief news, digital and entertainment officer of Univision, and Felipe Holguin, president and chief operating officer of Fusion Media Group, which is composed of Fusion, The Onion, The Root and other titles. Old Gawker hands Heather Detrick, president of Gizmodo Media Group, John Cook, executive editor, and Courtenay O’Connor, GMG deputy general counsel, will all report to Narisetti.
“Raju is a rare combination, someone who comes with a very strong background in journalism, became a leader in digital media on three continents, and went on to develop new businesses for a global company,” said Lee. “His commitment to journalistic integrity, his entrepreneurial spirit and proven ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced digital environment will help us strengthen and grow these newly acquired category-leading brands.”
In addition, “Raju will play an important role on Fusion Media Group’s leadership team as we look to deepen the engagement of America’s increasingly diverse television, digital, mobile and social audiences with our portfolio of brands that speak to their interests in a passionate, authentic manner,” added Holguin.
Narisetti has served as senior vice president of strategy at News Corp. since 2013 where he has been responsible for acquisitions and global expansion, while also helping guide and influence the digital growth of News Corp’s existing companies in the news, information, publishing, social video and digital real-estate portfolio, including The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Harper-Collins, Realtor.com and Storyful, the firm said.
Before that, Narisetti served as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network where he headed editorial teams and content strategy for WSJ’s Digital Network, which included WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com, WSJ video platforms, and WSJ/MarketWatch Radio Networks. He also held the role of managing editor at The Washington Post from 2009 to 2012, and was the founder and editor of India’s Mint newspaper, which focuses on business reporting.
“It is a privilege to be responsible for leading this unwaveringly energetic team of journalists and business staff,” said Narisetti. “As part of Univision, we will now be more ambitious in deepening, broadening and sensibly scaling the passionate digital communities that Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Lifehacker have attracted, by offering accurate, responsible, edgy and engaging journalism, as well as through relevant, related content and commerce.”