Arianna Huffington has signed a new four-year deal that will see her remain as the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, according to media reports.
“After all my meetings and conversations with Tim [Armstrong] and the Verizon leadership, I am convinced that we will have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that will allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video,” Huffington wrote in a memo reportedly sent to staff on June 18.
The news comes amid weeks of uncertainly about the future of the Huffington Post — and Huffington’s role with the online publication she helped to found — following Verizon’s $4.4 billion deal to buy AOL, which owns the Huffington Post. Some media, notably the New York Times, and media watchers speculated that the future of the publication was “murky.”
Huffington was upbeat in her memo, noting, “Today, I can say we are in a stronger position than we’ve ever been in, with the wind at our backs.”
She called on staff from offices around the world to gather June 25 for an “all-hands” meeting to discuss the publication’s plans and answer questions.