Hank Gilman, a veteran of multiple national award-winning business news organizations, officially joins Reuters on September 2, to help shepherd the top news team in New York.
Gilman, 62, will concentrate on major editorial initiatives designed to elevate the news service’s corporate coverage. “Simply put, [I will] work with daily news reporters to develop feature stories,” Gilman writes on his LinkedIn page.
An announcement from Martin Howell, deputy editor for the Americas, explains that Gilman will work particularly closely with Eric Effron, Companies Editor, and Paritosh Bansal, Finance Editor.
Howell noted in a June memo to staff that Gilman brings “immense experience and talent” to his new post.
For 16 years, from 1997 to 2012, Gilman worked at Fortune magazine and Fortune Small Business, rising to the position of Deputy Editor of Fortune beginning in 2004.
Earlier in his career, Gilman worked as Business Editor at Newsweek; Assistant Business Editor and Personal Finance Columnist at the Boston Globe; and retail and technology reporter at The Wall Street Journal.
In 1997, Mr. Gilman was ranked #31 on the NewsBios annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential Business and Financial Journalists. Personal Finance Jane Bryant Quinn, who worked for Gilman at Newsweek, describes him as “the best editor I ever had.”
Since leaving Fortune, Mr. Gilman served as a contributing editor at Inc. magazine and worked as a freelance editor and writer. Among his consulting clients were UPS, McKinsey, Gibbs & Soell, Guardian Life, and Time Inc.
Gilman is the author of You Can’t Fire Everyone: And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager, published in 2011. In the book, Gilman relays lessons he learned from his career supervising reporters and other editorial employees.
“If you get nothing else from my rants, just hold on to the idea that everyone who works for you has flaws,” Gilman wrote. “To be a good manager, you’ve got to work with these imperfect people and figure out a way to avoid their weaknesses.”
After more than two decades in newsroom management, Gilman described himself in the book as “one of the better managers/editors/bosses/psychologists” in business journalism. He also wrote that he learned by interviewing and observing many top CEOs and business titans, including Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, and Charles Lazarus, founder of Toys “R” Us.
In You Can’t Fire Everyone, Gilman recalls that a young Bill Gates, in the late 1980s, would “come into our offices at The Wall Street Journal to chat about Microsoft, grab a cup of coffee, and make fun of IBM and other tech types.”
In June 2011, Gilman was honored with the Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement.
Gilman, a native of Boston, and his wife Catherine live in Cortlandt Manor, NY. They have two adult sons.
Gilman is one of more than 7,000 influential journalists who are profiled by NewsBios.com, providing in-depth, unauthorized media dossiers since 1987. NewsBios first began tracking Gilman in February 1988, when he left The Wall Street Journal to relocate from New York to Boston to join his wife who was then working at Harvard University.
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