Forbes has hired Softbank Capital chairman Mike Perlis to serve as president and CEO of Forbes Media. Perlis has held a number of high profile chairmanships recently. In addition to Softbank, which he is leaving to join Forbes, Perlis was named to the chairmanship post at Associated Content two years ago, long before it was acquired by Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). More recently, Perlis was chosen in August to chair the Spanfeller Media Group, which was founded by Jim Spanfeller, who resigned as Forbes.com’s CEO in July 2009.
Spanfeller told paidContent that Perlis will remain as his company’s non-executive chairman and that there is no conflict between the two roles.
Perlis joins the business news publisher following the restructuring of Forbes Media under COO Tim Forbes, who will remain as chairman of Forbes Digital. Perlis’ arrival also comes after the return of True/Slant founder Louis D’Vorkin to the company as chief product officer. D’Vorkin has already helped remake Forbes by introducing the defunct True/Slant’s blog structure to its news coverage.
In addition to serving as chairman of SoftBank, Perlis was also a general partner at the VC firm. While there, he helped manage the fundings for Beliefnet, Huffington Post, Associated Content, and Buzzfeed.
Before Softbank, Perlis was president and CEO of Ziff Davis Publishing. He’d also been president of the Playboy (NYSE: PLA) Publishing Group.