The Atlantic is announcing two senior leaders who will be joining the company: Jefferson Rabb, who will become VP of engineering; and Kas Mayanga, who will be the publisher’s first VP of information security. Both will begin with The Atlantic next month.
Kas Mayanga will lead and build a dedicated information security function for the whole of The Atlantic, coordinating enhanced business continuity planning in close partnership with the engineering and IT teams. Mayanga is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) and comes to The Atlantic mostly recently from Invictus Capital Partners, where he has been the head of information technology. He has previously worked in tech operations at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the Carlyle Group, and AES Corporation.
Mayanga and Rabb will join The Atlantic’s product, engineering, and growth team, working to support and amplify the journalism, revenue growth, and experiences of The Atlantic’s readers and subscribers. They will report to SVP of product and engineering Betsy Cole.“We’re thrilled to welcome Jeff and Kas into these complementary roles, and know that their leadership will be key to our continued success,” Cole said.
Jefferson Rabb joins The Atlantic from Automattic, where he currently leads the team that built the publishing platform Newspack, geared to support small- and medium-sized news organizations. Before that, he was a co-founder of the digital storytelling platform Atavist. He held a number of roles in his time at Atavist, leading the company as CTO, head of product, and then CEO, and serving as the creative director for the award-winning The Atavist Magazine. At The Atlantic, Rabb will guide the engineering team in its work to help the company realize its ambitious revenue growth plans while delivering compelling editorial experiences, and maintaining a solid technical foundation.
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