Fichtenbaum Succeeding McDonell As Time Inc.'s Sports Group Editor
SI has named company veteran Paul Fichtenbaum as the new Time Inc. Sports Group Editor, succeeding Terry McDonell and completing an executive transition process several months in the making. Fichtenbaum had been elevated in August from SI.com Managing Editor to Editorial Dir of the Time Inc. Sports Group. With this subsequent move, McDonell will shift to a new role as a Special Advisor to Time Inc. concentrating on digital initiatives, and Fitchenbaum assumes editorial oversight for the 58-year-old print magazine, SI.com, SI Kids, the Sports Illustrated Golf franchise and the group's various book and international initiatives.
Chris Stone has also been promoted to SI Managing Editor, making him the ninth person to hold that position. Stone, a 20-year veteran of the magazine and a key figure in the expansion of the SI Swimsuit issue into a broad-based multimedia franchise, won out in a nationwide search for the position that included guest editor stints and several external and internal candidates, including L. Jon Wertheim. McDonell had been Sports Group Editor since '05. Fichtenbaum has been with SI since '89.