When Alan Murray joined Fortune as editor in 2014, the world was a different place. The US had its first Black president. Gay marriage wasn’t yet legal. There was no Paris Climate Accord. And though the internet had already had a huge impact on the magazine industry, no one had figured out exactly how to operate in what’s become the “new normal.”
But Murray had ideas. Lots of them. Because he saw more clearly than anyone that the future was digital. He came by these ideas honestly. He’d been a journalist his entire life (his first job was as a cub reporter at age nine), and over the years, he’s become a digital champion and media visionary who’s as comfortable in a newsroom as he is in a boardroom. During his tenure as deputy managing editor and online executive editor of The Wall Street Journal, he oversaw the paper’s website as well as video and mobile products (oh, and by the way, while he served as Washington bureau chief there, they won three Pulitzers). He also served as president of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank,” where he oversaw the massive expansion of the center’s digital footprint, doubling website traffic and heightening its presence on social media.