New York—Summit Business Media has officially named Steve Weitzner as CEO. The news was first reported by BtoB's Media Business last week.
Weitzner was most recently chairman-CEO of Ziff Davis Enterprise, which earlier this month was sold to QuinStreet Inc. Weitzner succeeds Andrew L. Goodenough, who resigned as Summit CEO last year.
Weitzner has extensive experience leading b2b 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.
“Steve Weitzner is one of the most experienced CEOs in b2b media, with a proven track record in dealing with the industry's most pressing challenges as well as its upside opportunities,” said Charles G. McCurdy, chairman of Summit's board, in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with Steve as he and a strong management team move Summit into its next phase of growth with unique services that address marketplace needs while building a clear competitive advantage in the markets we serve.”
“Summit is a strong company with great brands and impressive audience reach in key industries,” Weitzner said in a statement. “What we need to grow our business for the future is in place. In particular, the audience relationships of brand franchises like National Underwriter are both strong and deep, and we will move aggressively in leveraging those strengths in all channels, including a full suite of digital applications and programs that provide our customers with unique lead-generation opportunities.”
“He knows b2b,” said one industry observer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He can take their digital media to the level that's needed.”