Clarification: Earlier versions of this article said that Raju Narisetti came to The Washington Post with Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. Narisetti was named a managing editor in January 2009. Brauchli became executive editor in September 2008; both had previously worked at the Wall Street Journal. This version has been clarified.
Raju Narisetti, a managing editor of The Washington Post, has resigned to oversee the Wall Street Journal’s digital news operations and be deputy managing editor of the paper.
In three years at The Post, Narisetti helped recruit a digital news team, led efforts to merge digital and print operations and oversaw the selection and installation of a new computer content system to ease the production of online material.
Over the past year, The Post’s online traffic has risen sharply, with page views in December up 45 percent from a year earlier, the number of visitors to the site up 14 percent and the time each visitor spends on the site more than double what it was a year ago, according to comScore.
“Raju’s done a tremendous job and it’s a loss for us,” said Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Post.
Narisetti’s style and philosophy sometimes created friction in the newsroom over standards and priorities, and over business strategy. In addition, the new computer system has been cumbersome, some say. On occasion, he offended people with Twitter comments.
“He was not afraid of hurting people’s feelings and that’s a good thing,” said Weymouth. “He’s a change agent.”
“Since I feel my biggest accomplishment — and it remains a work-in-progress — has been to create a measurement-based culture in the Post newsroom through our focus on readers engaging with our journalism, I will let our progress over the past three years speak for itself,” Narisetti said in an e-mail. “As of today, there have never been more readers consuming more Post journalism than in its 134-year history.”
Narisetti joined the Post as managing editor in January 2009, coming from Mint, a business newspaper and Web site he founded in India.
Executive editor Marcus Brauchli, who had worked with Narisetti at the Wall Street Journal, on Friday called Narisetti “a deeply strategic, incredibly intelligent guy” with “business savvy.”