Two of Andrew Breitbart’s closest friends and business associates are stepping in to take over the roles he held in his eponymous media company and carry out the expansion plans he made before his sudden death earlier this month.
Steve Bannon, formerly a board member at Breitbart News Network, has been appointed executive chairman, while Laurence Solov, formerly president and chief operating officer, will take over the CEO role that Breitbart held.
“We are continuing,” Solov said. “Andrew and I had a vision for this company. Andrew was very clear with this vision, and I shared this vision, and I?m going to make sure that the company continues to pursue it.”
The company relaunched its network of “Big” sites — Big Government, Big Hollywood, etc. — under a single Breitbart.com landing page just four days after Breitbart died. Breitbart had been working on the relaunch for a year, often as much as 10 hours a day, Bannon said.
The new site represents a major step forward, technologically and aesthetically, from the scrappy “Big Government” site that famously posted a shirtless self-portrait taken by Anthony Weiner. The company hired Navigation Arts, the McLean-based web designers that have done work for NPR, PBS, and Discovery, to lead the overhaul.
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