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Snap's head of content Nick Bell to exit the business


By John Glenday | Reporter

November 13, 2018 | 3 min read

Nick Bell, Snap's vice-president of content is to step down at the end of 2018.

Snap bids farewell to head of content as ‘transition’ begins

Bell said that he was leaving in order to "take some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure" / Snap Inc

The content team will now be overseen by Jared Grusd, the ex-Huffington Post chief executive who joined Snap as chief strategy officer last month. Head of original content, Sean Mills, and director of business development for content, David Brinker, will remain in post.

Explaining his motivations in a memo to staff, Bell said that he was leaving in order to "take some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure".

Snap chief executive officer and co-founder Evan Spiegel said: “We are so grateful for Nick and everything he has built at Snap. It has been an incredible journey that began with our vision for what content could be on mobile.”

Bell's departure follows on from the appointment of Amazon's global head of ad sales Jeremi Gorman as chief business officer who, along with Grusd, filled the spot left empty by outgoing chief strategy officer Imran Khan. In August, Snap also hired Kristen O’Hara to be its global head of business solutions.

Earlier this year, Snapchat faced off the departure of its comms chief Mary Ritti and the exit of global head of sales Jeff Lucas, as well as product boss Tom Conrad.

During his time at Snap, Bell led the team responsible for delivering Snapchat Discover, the platform that lets media companies and publishers to disseminate their own short-form content directly. Bell also played a leading role in the expansion of Snapchat’s original shows.

Of late, Snapchat has been engaged in a charm offensive for premium publishers and brands, offering unskippable ads to hand greater control to its media partners.

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