Clifton Leaf Named Editor-in-Chief of Fortune

NEW YORK — Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) has named Clifton Leaf the new Editor-in-Chief of Fortune, it was announced by Rich Battista, President and CEO and Alan Murray, Chief Content Officer. Leaf, who most recently served as Fortune’s Deputy Editor, continues to report to Murray, who becomes President of Fortune in addition to his role as Chief Content Officer.

Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky has been promoted to Executive Editor and reports to Leaf. These three appointments are effective immediately.

Leaf is the 18th editor since Fortune was founded in 1930 by Henry R. Luce. He leads the global business journalism brand across its editorial platforms, with a reach of 25 million.

Murray, who had been the Editor-in-Chief of Fortune since 2014, was named Time Inc.’s Chief Content Officer in 2016 and retains this role. As President of Fortune, he oversees all operations for the brand, including its robust live events business, brand extensions and more. He continues to report to Battista.

“Cliff Leaf has proven himself to be the perfect person to lead Fortune’s editorial efforts, in print, digital, and live events,” said Murray. “He has a fine eye for great stories, an effusive leadership style, and I’m sure he’ll do great things in this new assignment.”

“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to lead Fortune, one of the most respected and authoritative voices in journalism,” said Leaf. “I’ve had the privilege of working for—and learning from—five great top Fortune editors, from John Huey to Alan Murray, and I am honored to get the chance to shepherd this brand into the next decade.”

Since 2014, Leaf had been Fortune’s deputy editor, where he oversaw the editorial staff and directed the print magazine. He is the Founding Co-Chair of the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference, now in its second year, and is the author of one of the brand’s eight newsletters, Brainstorm Health Daily.

Previously, Leaf served as a guest editor for the New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review, and was Executive Editor at the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and at Fortune, where he worked as an editor for seven years (2000-2007) before returning to the brand in 2013.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It, which earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award for cancer reporting from the European School of Oncology. Leaf has received numerous honors both for his reporting and his efforts in the cancer fight, including a Loeb Award and the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award. A member of the Board of Fellows at Stanford University School of Medicine and a regular keynote speaker at scientific conferences around the world, Leaf delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute in 2006 and is the only journalist to have ever received that honor. Leaf, a graduate of Williams College who received a Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, is married to filmmaker Alicia Slimmer. They are parents of a 12 year-old daughter and live in Brooklyn.