Anna Wintour has received yet another Condé Nast promotion after being named as the media company’s first-ever chief executive officer – just months after she admitted to allowing ‘hurtful and intolerant’ behavior amid furious calls for her resignation from a group of black journalists.
The 71-year-old’s latest promotion comes just 16 months after Wintour was given another boost up the company ladder by being named global content adviser, in addition to her roles as Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast artistic director.
Her new title will be global chief content officer of Condé Nast and global editorial director of Vogue, giving her control over all of the publications 25 editions across the globe; she will also continue to run Vogue US as Editor-in-Chief.
On the up? Anna Wintour has been promoted to Condé Nast’s chief content officer, months after she admitted to allowing ‘hurtful and intolerant’ behavior at Vogue
Wintour’s promotion follows a rocky year both for the editrix personally, and the media company that she has worked at for nearly 40 years, which announced pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs earlier this year, blaming the financial pressure created by the coronavirus pandemic.
It also comes just months after Wintour publicly admitted to allowing ‘hurtful and intolerant’ behavior during her 32-year reign at the fashion magazine, as well as not doing enough to champion black staffers and designers.
The admissions were included in a company-wide memo Wintour authored to her staff in June amid nationwide unrest and protests calling for racial equality, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.
‘I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy towards what so many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too,’ Wintour began.
‘I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.’
At the time, Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch, the man responsible for her latest promotion, publicly backed Wintour, laughing off mounting calls for her to stand down from the company.
‘There is no truth to that,’ Lynch said with a laugh, when multiple staff questioned Wintour’s future at the company.
Something new: The 71-year-old has also been named as the global editorial director of Vogue, giving her control over all of the publications 25 editions across the world
He also insisted that Wintour was key to turning the company around, calling her ‘an incredibly positive force for change,’ according to The Daily Beast, a statement that he has now doubled down on by moving her up the corporate ladder once again.
Lynch described Wintour’s new role as a ‘pivotal moment’ for the company, calling her ‘one of media’s most distinguished executives’.
He also praised her for ‘cultivating and mentoring’ new talent in the industry – despite Wintour conceding in June that she has not done enough to champion black staffers and designers during her time at Vogue.
‘Anna’s appointment represents a pivotal moment for Condé Nast as her ability to stay ahead in connecting with new audiences, while cultivating and mentoring some of today’s brightest talent in the industry, has made her one of media’s most distinguished executives,’ Lynch said in a statement.