Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio Set To Step Down
More than 13 years after launching Bleacher Report, DAVE FINOCCHIO is stepping down as CEO. The 35-year-old Finocchio officially will leave Turner Sports in June. He was an SBJ/SBD "Forty Under 40" honoree in '14. Turner has already selected HOWARD MITTMAN to be B/R's new CEO. Mittman will be based in N.Y. and report to Turner Sports COO MATT HONG. He had been B/R CRO & CMO. Prior to joining B/R, Mittman served as Chief Business Officer for Conde Nast’s men’s group, which included Golf World and Golf Digest. Finocchio and three of his high-school friends founded B/R in ’05. The group embraced a “content farm” model, chasing page views with poor-quality editorial from low-paid writers with little editorial direction. Turner bought the site in ’12 for $175M and kept Finocchio as its CEO. Since then, B/R has hired higher quality writers and expanded into video, in part, through its '15 purchase of "House of Highlights" and its ’18 launch of the B/R Live direct-to-consumer service.