Jay Cassano, Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief, has accepted the role of CEO at Cointelegraph. Jon Rice, managing editor for Cointelegraph Magazine, will take over as the new editor-in-chief for the platform. Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr remains managing editor.
“I’m grateful to Cointelegraph for this opportunity and the trust placed in me by the company,” said Cassano. “It is only possible to accept this role knowing that the editorial team is in excellent hands led by Jon and Kristina.”
Cassano took the helm as Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief in November 2019. An award-winning journalist who first discovered Bitcoin in 2011, he previously worked at Fast Company, Newsweek Media Group and several other media outlets.
Over the past year, Cassano has brought a renewed focus on original reporting to Cointelegraph — while expanding the publication’s reach and solidifying its status as the world’s largest cryptocurrency-focused media platform.
Cassano will now head Cointelegraph’s business operations and strategic development. He will no longer hold an editorial role. On accepting this new position, he said:
Stepping into the editor-in-chief role is Rice, who took charge of Cointelegraph’s long-form Magazine in February.
In 2017, Rice co-founded digital asset media outlet Crypto Briefing. He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the blockchain industry and has previously noted that he believes a “sensible degree of decentralization” is vital to humanity as governments and Big Tech continue to amass, and use, data in ways that were once inconceivable beyond dystopian novels.
Rice developed Cointelegraph Magazine into a thoughtful exploration of blockchain-related themes, with a specific focus on the social and political implications of the technology. He will now take over Cointelegraph’s entire editorial operations.
“We have journalists all over the world who care deeply about this industry and the technology and philosophy of blockchain,” said Rice.
Speaking directly to the relationship between the business and editorial operations, Rice noted that: