Publishing Veteran Robert Merry Joins Intelligence Firm STRATFOR

December 15, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Former CQ president, author to be STRATFOR publisher
  • Merry sees future in quality paid content
  • Subscription publisher of online intelligence plans expansion in 2010

George Friedman, CEO of STRATFOR, announced today that Robert W. Merry, a leading publishing executive and journalist who most recently ran Congressional Quarterly Inc., will become the publisher of STRATFOR starting in January 2010.

STRATFOR, the world’s leading publisher of global intelligence, already has a successful online subscription model and serves more than one million licensed individual and enterprise users in corporations, academic institutions and government agencies. On the heels of one of the worst years ever for the news media, STRATFOR will post a profit and plans an aggressive product expansion in 2010 under Friedman and Merry.

Merry was president and editor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly for 12 years. Under Merry, CQ became a pioneer in Internet publishing and more than tripled its revenue before the company was sold, in two transactions, to Sage Publications of Thousand Oaks, California, and Roll Call, a Washington-based subsidiary of the Economist Group of London.

Friedman says Merry will help the company expand its presence in the marketplace for global news, information and analysis. “We’re delighted to have an executive of Bob’s stature and experience joining our team,” Friedman said. “He shares our conviction that organizations and individuals will continue to pay for quality, in-depth geopolitical news and intelligence.”

Merry is an author of several critically-acclaimed books, including the recently released A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, which The New York Times praised:

Filled with intricate stories of personal conflict, psychological gamesmanship and unintended consequences, his book… is one of the most astute and informative historical accounts yet written about national politics, and especially Washington politics, during the decisive 1840s. – New York Times Book Review

Merry was also a Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal for ten years and served in U.S. Army Intelligence. “I take pride in having worked for high-quality content publishers like CQ and The Wall Street Journal,” Merry says. “STRATFOR’s content is in that tradition, and I believe the company has tremendous potential for growth.”

STRATFOR plans to expand its intelligence and analytical products for both the institutional and consumer markets in 2010. The company provides reports on its Web site, in videos, e-mails and books, and soon through an innovative new iPhone app. The company just launched affiliate and sponsorship programs.

Both Robert Merry and George Friedman are available for interviews.

Please send requests for interviews to PR@stratfor.com or call Kyle Rhodes at 512-744-4309.

More about STRATFOR

STRATFOR’s global team of intelligence professionals provides an audience of decision-makers and sophisticated news consumers in the United States and around the world with unique insights into political, economic, and military developments. The company uses human intelligence and other sources combined with powerful analysis based on geopolitics to produce penetrating explanations of world events. This independent, non-ideological content enables users not only to better understand international events, but also to reduce risks and identify opportunities in every region of the globe.

For more information on STRATFOR visit www.stratfor.com.

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