Jim Pavia: My last column for InvestmentNews

After a decade-long run, it's time to go

Jul 14, 2013 @ 8:31 am

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After a decade of leading the InvestmentNews editorial team, I have decided it is time to try something new, so I am heading to CNBC.

It has been my distinct pleasure to oversee this publication and to have had a hand in the evolution of the InvestmentNews brand.

In the time that I have been with InvestmentNews, I have seen the financial advisory industry go through many interesting changes. It has been an exciting challenge to keep pace and make sure that we have stayed attuned to financial advisers' ever-changing needs.

Although some days were more demanding than others- — like -Sisyphus pushing that boulder up the hill — this great editorial team made it a pleasure to come to work every day. I will truly miss the energy and camaraderie in the newsroom, along with the banter and spirited Friday night “debates.”

As a department head, my role also afforded me the opportunity to work closely with our marketing, digital and data departments. They are all talented people whom I will miss.

I worked with the business team, as well. To be sure, the publisher, Suzanne Siracuse, and her sales staff have always supported the editorial integrity of this newspaper.

I am confident that they will continue to support Fred Gabriel, InvestmentNews' dedicated editor, and his talented team.

The decision to leave these people, who make the InvestmentNews brand so great, was a difficult one.

However, I have always enjoyed a challenge, and my new assignment will be just that. My new role is senior editor at large at CNBC Digital.

I will help lead CNBC Digital's multipronged, cross-platform development of news, features, data and live events, and provide strategic guidance for the development of premium products to serve its audience.

Translation: I will be very busy.

A BRIGHT FUTURE

For InvestmentNews, there are many new and exciting things to come. Although the newsroom is where it all begins, the IN brand is much more than just news.

The team of 30-plus reporters, editors, researchers and digital staff members work to generate a constant stream of vital data and information across a variety of media. I am confident that they will continue to perform to the high standards that already have been set.

Leaving this group, quite frankly, is akin to moving away from family.

I hired many of these people and have come to know and respect them. I have forged friendships that go beyond the workday or the newsroom.

The same can be said for many InvestmentNews readers. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you at events, and we have shared candid conversations over the years.

I have bellied up to the bar with many of you at various conference cocktail parties and enjoyed a chat and a cigar with others. I can honestly say that I call many IN readers my friends.

Finally, my views and opinions in this Just Thinking space have drawn praise, criticism and some lively phone calls and e-mail exchanges over the years.

I simply want to thank you all for permitting me to share what I have been thinking this past decade.

It has been a blast.

Jim Pavia is the editorial director of InvestmentNews.

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