Condé Nast names Lindsay Peoples Wagner editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue
In her new role, Peoples Wagner will oversee content for the media brand’s digital, social and video channels and will also be responsible for managing its experiential tentpoles, such as the Teen Vogue Summit series.
“Lindsay is a gifted talent who can equally inspire and challenge her audiences,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue, in a release. “She brings a sophistication and fresh perspective to the cultural moments and social themes that activate our Teen Vogue readers and we are very excited to have her back at Condé Nast.”
Peoples Wagner succeeds Phillip Picardi, who stepped down from his role as chief content officer at Teen Vogue and LGBTQ publication Them in August.
Under Picardi, Teen Vogue, which went all digital at the beginning of the year, moved to provide more coverage on political and social issues and saw a drastic increase in its online readership, winning Webby Awards in the Fashion & Beauty and Education & Discovery categories in 2017.
“As a former intern and assistant at Teen Vogue, I’m so excited to come full circle and be back at a time when there is nothing more powerful or important than a young person who is passionate about change,” commented Peoples Wagner. “I’m looking forward to our coverage – whether it be on fashion, politics, celebrities or beauty – being both necessary and dynamic to cultural conversations.”
Peoples Wagner returns to Teen Vogue after a two-year stint at The Cut, prior to which she held the role of fashion market reporter at Style.com. During her time at The Cut, she received the 2017 ASME Next award, which recognises outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under 30.
The Buena Vista University graduate also published Everywhere and Nowhere: What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion this year, a critically acclaimed book collecting the testimonies of over 100 people of color working in the fashion industry.
News of her appointment comes as Condé Nast announces the departure of its chief digital officer Fred Santarpia, who leaves the company after four years leading the expansion of its digital channels.
The progress made by Santarpia in terms of online penetration has been a crucial element in the media giant’s strategy as it has attempted to combat mounting losses over the last few years. Other measures have included significant layoffs and the pulling of the print editions of Teen Vogue and Self.
Nonetheless, in August, the New York Times reported that Condé Nast was looking to sell its Brides, Golf Digest and W publications, suggesting that the hard times are far from over for the company.
Peoples Wagner’s appointment is effective October 18, 2018.
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