Sources: Weitzner in negotiations to be next CEO of Summit Business Media
By Sean Callahan
New York—Steve Weitzner is in negotiations to be the next CEO of Summit Business Media, according to industry sources. Weitzner was most recently chairman-CEO of Ziff Davis Enterprise, which last week was sold to QuinStreet Inc.
Weitzner, whose appointment at Summit is tentatively slated to be announced later this month, would succeed Andrew L. Goodenough, who resigned as Summit CEO last year.
Summit board members Charlie McCurdy and David Nussbaum did not respond to requests for comment. Summit board member Jason Young declined to comment.
Weitzner has extensive experience leading b-to-b technology media companies. Prior to overseeing Ziff Davis Enterprise, where he eliminated the company's print products, moving brands such as Baseline and eWeek to digital-only platforms, Weitzner was CEO of CMP Media.
The hiring of Weitzner would appear to signal that Summit, which publishes National Underwriter Property & Casualty, will place an increased emphasis on digital products in the future, according to industry sources. “He knows b-to-b,” said one industry observer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He can take their digital media to the level that's needed.”