Updated Aug 29, 2018

Facebook's Alex Hardiman joins The Atlantic as product chief

Alex Hardiman. Photo: Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Alex Hardiman, head of news products at Facebook, is joining The Atlantic as Chief Business and Product Officer, where she'll lead product, audience experience, and consumer revenue efforts for the magazine turned digital enterprise.

Why it matters: Hardiman, a New York Times product veteran of ten years, led the team that built dozens of news products at Facebook. She joins The Atlantic not only with one of the strongest news product backgrounds in the market, but also with a unique sense of how to manage the difficult balance of business and editorial needs.

The details: In a note to staff, The Atlantic president Bob Cohn says Hardiman will be dedicated to "elevating the user experience on desktop and mobile, newsletters, podcasts, video, apps, virtual reality, and smart speakers."

  • Hardiman will also be responsible for helping to shape and expand The Atlantic’s digital consumer business, which includes its recently-launched membership program, The Masthead.

Hardiman's hire is part of a larger expansion at The Atlantic. In February, the company announced it would be adding 100 new staff across various departments, including in product, engineering, data, audience development, and consumer marketing — departments Cohn says have doubled in staff in the past year.

Our thought bubble: This is a sophisticated hire for Atlantic, which is pushing to invest more heavily in product and technology under the leadership of its new majority owner, Emerson Collective.

Note: Emerson Collective is an investor in Axios.

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Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

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Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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