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Snap’s head of content Nick Bell to exit company

Nick Bell, the head of content at Snapchat’s parent co Snap, will be exiting the company by the end of the year. Bell, in a memo to his team on Monday ...
November 13, 2018

Nick Bell, the head of content at Snapchat’s parent co Snap, will be exiting the company by the end of the year.

Bell, in a memo to his team on Monday (Nov. 12), noted that he wanted to leave the platform to take time off and recharge before figuring out his next move.

Jared Grusd, who recently joined Snap as chief strategy officer, will take over Bell’s duties with content executives Sean Mills and David Brinker.

During Bell’s tenure with the social media company, he led the team that built the Discover media platform and helped make vertical video an industry standard. Bell’s team also launched some of Snap’s recent Original Shows, including Vivian and Good Luck America.

Remarking on Bell’s departure, Evan Spiegel, Snap co-founder and CEO, said in a statement:”We are so grateful for Nick and everything he has built at Snap. It has been an incredible journey that began with our vision for what content could be on mobile. Today, more people are watching more premium content on Snap than ever before, and we couldn’t be more excited about the momentum we are seeing with Snap Originals. We will miss Nick, and we wish him all the best.”

Bell joined Snap in April 2014 from global media co News Corporation where he was the SVP of digital products.

Read Bell’s internal memo to staff below:

After nearly 5 years and a once in a lifetime ride, I have let Evan know that I am leaving Snap to take some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure.

From my very first meeting with Evan, I knew this was going to be an extraordinary journey. Thanks to the hard work of our amazing team, we have built Discover into a world-leading media platform. We have established vertical video as the industry standard, built hugely successful partnerships with some of the world’s best media companies and storytellers, produced incredible stories, launched a fantastic slate of Original Shows and built a robust advertising business. This experience has been incredibly rewarding and an absolute blast. I leave now with amazing memories, many lifelong friendships, and a huge amount of excitement for the future of Snap.

Although I am announcing this news today, I will be transitioning out of the role between now and the end of the year. I am so proud of all that we have achieved together at Snap, and most proud of the team I leave behind to continue to execute against the vision.

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