After 12 years, Patrick O’Connell, Vogue’s director of communications, is leaving the magazine. He handed in his resignation last week, and is expected to stay on until a successor is named.
“It’s been an incredible 12 years at the top of the game, and an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world,” O’Connell said. “It’s just simply time for a personal change.”
O’Connell has played an instrumental role as a spokesman for the magazine and its editor in chief, Anna Wintour, from the inception of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to the Costume Institute benefit, “The September Issue” documentary and thornier moments such as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Front Row,” the unauthorized biography on Wintour.
O’Connell will be looking to stay in communications in areas that encompass community relations, development work and corporate philanthropy.