The old online editor at Portfolio, Chris Jones, is joining the digital side of nytimes.com. The last time we heard from Mr. Jones, he was fleeing the increasingly encroaching presence of the business side at portfolio.com.
His new title looks very 2.0: “Senior Product Manager of the Business and Technology Verticals.” The Times is about to expand its business and technology Web presence and currenty is on the hunt for some editors and reporters to help fill that space.
Another Portfolio editor also made his way over to the Times recently: Jim Impoco joined the paper in February.
Here’s a memo that just went out from Nicholas Ascheim, vice president:
Please join me in welcoming Chris Jones who came aboard today. Chris is our new Senior Product Manager for the Business and Technology verticals. Hayley Nelson, who has been in this role for a long while, is switching gears and will be bringing her considerable talent and energy to bear on some new challenges, including our international strategy and the ‘webification’ of the Sunday magazine.
As those of you who have worked with Hayley know, she presents a hard act to follow…which is why I am so relieved that we found Chris. Prior to joining us, Chris was managing editor at Portfolio.com and before that he was Director of Programming at Yahoo! Finance where he managed original and syndicated content. He was also Director of Content and Communities at Yahoo! HotJobs, Editorial Director at About.com (before we owned it), and a Senior Online Editor at Reed Elsevier. He began his career as a reporter at a small Washington newsweekly where he wrote obituaries and a TV column. Besides knowing his stuff, he brings great passion to this important work and we are thrilled to have him.