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Politico Announces ROBUST Promotions, Hires, In Post VandeHei Era

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger

Politico is out with a new robust press release today that makes the company sound downright hearty.

The company recently lost its top tier, names that the Washington media community has known for a few decades now — Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and then there’s Danielle Jones, Kim Kingsley and Roy Schwartz. Newsroom editor Susan Glasser will soon be off to Jerusalem with her husband, NYT Peter Baker, but she’ll remain with the robust company in some vague robust expansion role.

The robust news: “Sandeep Hulsandra has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering, Bobby Moran has been promoted to Vice President, General Manager of POLITICO Pro, and Traci Schweikert has been named Vice President of Human Resources. Hulsandra, Moran and Schweikert will lead their respective departments as POLITICO enters its second robust decade as the dominant global media force covering politics, policy, and influence.”

Really, it’s mostly just that the deck chairs are getting shuffled, much like Politico Playbook, which found replacements from within. And the editor, who is now Carrie Budoff Brown, who they brought back to Washington from Brussels.

Sandeep has been with Politico since 2014. Experience: Gannett/USA TODAY for 13 years.

Moran joined Politico in 2011.

Schweiker is the only true newbie. She was previously at NPR where she was Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Development. She has more than 20 years of human resources experiences.

Publisher Robert Allbritton chose ROBUST word choices to describe the state of the publication in the post VandeHei/Allen era. (Bolding, mine.)

“As POLITICO enters our second decade as the dominant global media company covering politics and policy, our team continues to grow stronger and more robust,” said POLITICO Chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton. “By attracting top talent to run POLITICO’s technology products and platforms, Pro services, and human resources, we’re positioned to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that 2017 and beyond will bring.”

Not a lot of specifics there. But we’ll see what happens.

Whatever it is, it’s sure to be robust.