This will be my last blog for CNBC as I close out my last day as the network'sSilicon Valley Bureau Chief today.
It's hard enough to write those words, but to read them is even more difficult. I am comforted, emboldened, even exhilarated, however, because of the new adventure I'm pursuing. As some of you may already know, after nearly 7 years at CNBC, literally thousands of live-shots on the frontlines of the network's tech coverage, I will be taking on an ambitious new role in an entirely different industry: I have accepted an offer to become Group Chair of Burson-Marsteller's US Technology Practice.
A great deal of soul-searching went into this decision and it is something I have been considering for the past several months. With so many changes in the way cable channels cover the news today, and the dramatic revolution taking shape in digital media, I came to the conclusion that there was simply no better time to change careers and stake my claim on this new landscape. I have been so fortunate to spend the past 25 years with a front row seat to some of the most exciting developments in the world of tech. I'll now be able to move from the front row to backstage, collaborating with many of the companies I have been covering for so long.
CNBC has undergone enormous change during the time I have worked here. And it seemed only right that as the network covered change, and underwent change, that I embrace change as well. The timing of my decision, and the timing of the Burson offer could not have been more perfect, and I feel truly blessed. I have been so fortunate to work with so many incredibly talented individuals, with such a single mind of purpose to do their jobs well. I'll take with me some of the fondest memories of my professional career, but more importantly I'll leave with the deep and meaningful friendships I have formed with so many of my colleagues. My deepest appreciation and thanks to all of you, and I look forward to staying in touch.
The Silicon Valley bureau has been such a dynamic place. We have been charged with covering a long list of publicly traded all-stars, and the sheer volume of content we provided never ceased to amaze me. Producer Annie Pong, editor John Chiala, camera Mark Neuling and a stellar list of talented freelancers kept me on the air, some days hourly, and I'll forever be grateful. It was never "my" stories we got on the air; it was "our" stories and I'm so proud of the work we did.