LONDON — More changes are afoot at Condé Nast International, with the publishing house announcing Monday morning several key executive appointments.
The company has named Wolfgang Blau and Albert Read as president of Condé Nast International and managing director of Condé Nast Britain, respectively. They will succeed Nicholas Coleridge on July 31.
Coleridge is to serve as chairman of Condé Nast Britain until “at least” Dec. 31, 2019, the company said, by which time he will have worked for Condé Nast for three decades.
Blau and Read are to report to Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive officer of Condé Nast International.
Blau, currently chief digital officer of Condé Nast International, has overseen digital operations for the group since 2015. He previously served as the executive director of digital strategy for the Guardian Media Group.
Read has been deputy managing director of Condé Nast Britain since 2010. A former journalist for the Daily Express, he switched gears and moved to the business side of operations when joining Condé in 2001. Read was formerly strategy and planning manager, and deputy planning director at Condé Nast International. He also served as general manager and deputy managing director at Condé Nast Britain. There, his role encompassed print, digital, consumer marketing and custom publishing initiatives, as well as international luxury conferences.
“Wolfgang Blau is a rare executive who can combine digital mastery with the journalistic talent and experience needed to redefine excellence in the digital age. He is the ideal person to drive Condé Nast International’s growth,” Newhouse said in a statement.
“All those of us who have worked closely with Albert over the past 10 years know him to be a first-rate media executive, with skills and accomplishments not only on the management and commercial sides of the business, but a sharp eye for editorial quality in both print and digital,” Newhouse continued.
Condé Nast International has also, with immediate effect, appointed Jamie Jouning, the publisher of British Glamour, to the newly created executive position of Vogue digital director. He is to oversee the publication’s digital business in 21 countries excluding America.
James Woolhouse was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Condé Nast International as “an additional step to strengthen the leadership team.” He is the group’s Asia-Pacific president, based in Hong Kong, and has held management roles in Australia, Britain and Japan. The executive will relocate to London and continue his oversight of the Asia-Pacific market while taking on additional duties.
The publishing house has also promoted Jason Miles, its director of planning, to the position of director of finance and strategy.