On the heels of Monday’s announcement that A+E Networks President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Dubuc would be stepping down, the veteran media exec has already landed a new job.
Vice founder Shane Smith announced today that Dubuc is stepping in as the new CEO of Vice Media. Dubuc was already on Vice’s Board of Directors.
In a letter to Vice staffers, included in full in today’s announcement, Smith referenced the fact that news of Dubuc’s move got out a little ahead of when Vice was ready to go public with the information.
Smith wrote in the letter: “As many of you have read, I have been in discussions with my friend, my partner, and board member Nancy Dubuc, to join the VICE family and become my successor as CEO. While we tried our damnedest to have everything signed, sealed and delivered before sharing it with you and with the rest of the world, we seemingly can’t take a crap in this town without it leaking to the press.”
Smith also notes that he will become Executive Chairman of the Board, and will “focus my energy on raising the bar for our content.”
As we reported Monday, A+E Networks announced that Dubuc would be stepping down effective April 16. Today’s announcement from Vice indicates that the company will introduce Dubuc this Friday at a town hall in Brooklyn.
You can read Smith’s letter in full as part of today’s official announcement, which can be found here.