NEW YORK — Miles Socha, WWD’s executive editor, Europe, has been named editor in chief, succeeding Edward Nardoza, who is retiring from the publication, Penske Media Corp.’s chairman and chief executive officer Jay Penske said Thursday.
Nardoza will be stepping down after 25 years in his role and 39 years overall at WWD’s parent Fairchild Fashion Media. He will work closely with Socha through January to transition the role and responsibilities.
“It is difficult to leave my WWD family, particularly at such an exciting time with momentum building across the entire WWD organization,” Nardoza said. “The time has come for a plan Jay and I have discussed for the past year, and we’ve got the right leader in place for the future. It feels good to leave my post in the hands of a journalist as capable as Miles, with whom I’ve worked side-by-side for nearly two decades. I know he and the newsroom of talented, dedicated journalists will successfully steer WWD for years to come.”
In his announcement to the WWD staff on Thursday evening, Penske stated, “Ed is one of the finest editors of his generation. As WWD’s editor in chief for the last 25 years, he has impeccably led and built the top news operation across fashion, beauty and retail.”
Penske continued, “With Miles, we could not have chosen a more capable, talented and innovative leader to continue Ed’s work. For those who have not yet met Miles, you will quickly learn why he is the right leader — he’s a smart, driven and fair journalist deeply entrenched in our industry who also brings with him a progressive digital perspective. I look forward to all we plan to accomplish.”
Originally launched in 1910 as a fashion industry daily, and for four decades under the pioneering stewardship of John B. Fairchild, WWD has grown into “the fashion bible” for ceo’s, business owners, designers and other thought leaders in the fashion, retail and beauty industries. Owned by Penske Media since 2014, the WWD brand boasts an award-winning weekly print product, a steadily growing web site and an innovative digital daily. The business also produces a series of year-round global events, including its most recently launched WWD Global Fashion Forum in Asia.
As WWD continues to expand globally, Socha will bring along his experience with international leaders across the publication’s various sectors. Beyond his role as European editor for WWD, Socha brings extensive international experience in reporting, feature writing and editing for newspapers and magazines.
“WWD is the fashion world’s most vital and dynamic news organization and I feel privileged and honored to lead its global teams,” Socha said. “I look forward to extending this brand’s news leadership as well as its celebration of creativity, just as Ed has done so beautifully for the last 25 years.”
Socha joined Fairchild Fashion Media in 1995, initially covering the designer men’s wear market at DNR before taking on the designer and denim beats at WWD. He became WWD’s Paris bureau chief in 2000 and its European editor in 2008. A journalism graduate from Ottawa’s Carleton University, Socha began his career at the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, a daily newspaper. Socha will relocate to the publication’s New York headquarters from WWD’s Paris office, and will report to Penske.
Nardoza’s tenure spanned three decades, guiding WWD through a challenging industry climate while never relenting on the original mission established by Fairchild of independent and spirited journalism.