May 19, 2014 Last Updated 11:42 am

The Guardian hires the NYT’s associate managing editor for digital strategy, Aron Pilhofer

The Guardian today announced that it had hired Aron Pilhofer to be executive editor of digital, hiring him away from The New York Times where he was managing editor for digital strategy. The move was announced by senior editor Janine Gibson, who the NYT recently tried to hire away from the Guardian.

“When we began talking in March, it was immediately apparent that Aron would bring the right combination of passion, ambition and skill to the Guardian,” said Gibson. “He is a terrifically talented and visionary editor who clearly understands the future of digital journalism and we’re delighted he is joining our team.”

The hire is a big one for the Guardian, and the latest blow to the Times, which is still dealing with the firing of Jill Abramson, and the loss of talent such as David Pogue to Yahoo.

“Aron Pilhofer is a pioneer of digital storytelling and inspires so many digital newsrooms in their search for the journalism of the future”, said Wolfgang Blau, the Guardian’s Director of Digital Strategy, in the Guardian’s announcement. “We are incredibly excited to have Aron join the Guardian during this critical phase of entering into a more collaborative relationship with our readers around the world.”

Pilhofer will begin his new position in June.

Pilhofer has been with the NYT since the summer of 2005, hired originally to be part of the paper’s computer-assisted reporting team. He became Editor, Interactive News in 2007, and was made Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy in July of last year. According to his LinkedIn page, Pilhofer described his current position as “focused on a number of initiatives designed to improve communication between the newsroom and business side.”

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