Ken Wheaton, Ad Age’s editor since last year, is leaving the publication at the end of the year to pursue fiction writing.
“You can call it pursuing a dream or just another midlife crisis, but it seemed like a necessary step,” Wheaton told Ad Age. “While I’d been able to crank out three novels earlier in my career, I’ve had a completed first draft in needs of revision sitting neglected at home for the last year-and-a-half and it’s been driving me nuts.”
Wheaton has been with Ad Age since 2000.
Ad Age executive editor Nat Ives and deputy editor Judann Pollack will take on day-to-day editing duties until Wheaton’s successor has been named.