October 10, 2014 Last Updated 2:12 pm

Greg Gittrich, Vice President of News & Product for NBC News Digital, to leave post

Gittrich joined NBC Universal in 2008 after eight years at the New York Daily News

NBC Universal today announced that Greg Gitrich, Vice President of News & Product for NBC News Digital, would be leaving the company to pursue new challenges. The move was announced by Julian March, Senior Vice President of Editorial and Innovation for NBC News in a company memo:

Team:
I’m writing to let you know that our friend and colleague Greg Gittrich has decided to move on to new challenges and opportunities outside of NBC News.

Greg is a true leader and imaginative editor. Since the end of the joint venture, Greg has led the digital team to new heights and has been instrumental in the relaunch of NBCNews.com. He has spearheaded change and has helped drive the digital-first culture across NBC News.

Our digital properties also have seen numerous measures of success under his leadership. In September, NBCNews.com delivered the most video views, highest page views per visit and the highest level of engagement of the year. NBCNews.com now has 33% more video views than we had in the days of the joint venture.

“We achieved what we set out to do just two, short years ago. We built a kick-ass team. We re-launched all our products and replaced the back-end technology. Since January video views per visit have grown by more than 280%,” Gittrich said. “Through it all, we’ve focused relentlessly on quality journalism and new ways to tell stories. Now is the right time for me to move on to the next thing.”
NBCNews.com is set up for continued success. In the interim I will work closely with the team, running business operations for NBCNews.com, with Hillary Frey stepping up to oversee editorial and Rachel Rique running product. I look forward to taking Greg’s vision of capsules and spreads into the future.

I’ve truly enjoyed working with Greg. He has been a genuine, trusted partner across the news division and we all wish him the very best of luck in his next adventure.

Best wishes
Julian

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