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Bloomberg Shakeup: Josh Tyrangiel Out, Ellen Pollock In as First Woman Editor

As Michael Bloomberg reasserted power over his media empire, Tyrangiel’s efforts were stymied

Bloomberg’s Chief Content Officer and Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek Josh Tyrangiel resigned on Thursday.

“Tomorrow will be my last day at Bloomberg,” he wrote. “I’ve spent six years working with some of the smartest and most creative people in journalism, and it’s time for me to take my chips off the table, reflect on my criminal good luck, and think about what comes next.”

Deputy Editor Ellen Pollock will take the reins as the company’s first female editor.

“No one waves the flag for great journalism higher (or louder) than Ellen,” he concluded. “She’s an inspiration — and the best editor I’ve ever worked with. The magazine would be no good, and no fun, without her.”

Michael Bloomberg thanked Tyrangiel: “Hiring Josh as the editor of Businessweek was a great decision for Bloomberg. In his six years here, he has had a profound impact. I’m sad to see him go, but our media properties are in a great place and I’m grateful for his contributions.”

Tyrangiel was appointed in 2013 to bolster Bloomberg Media. He helped launch several new verticals and shows on Bloomberg TV.

But as Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s arrival as the company’s political powerhouses ruffled feathers with the Washington, D.C. bureau and Michael Bloomberg returned to active CEO duty after serving as New York City Mayor, Tryangiel’s efforts were stymied and his role was reduced to that of peace broker between Heilemann and Halperin’s unit and D.C.

In September, dozens of D.C. staffers were cut as part of an overall reorganization at the company.