Just over three months after a massive restructuring, Condé Nast seems to be well on the way to recovery — if the announcement of three executive promotions and publishers’ awards doled out last night at an annual Florida meeting are any indication.
Today, we learned of three promotions within the company. Lou Cona (pictured at right), senior VP of the Condé Nast Media Group, has been promoted to executive vice president of the group, while publishers Laura McEwan of Teen Vogue and Howard Mittman of Wired (at right) have been given the additional titles of vice president.
What’s more CEO Charles Townsend also presented awards at an event last night during the company’s annual publishers’ trip to Key Largo, Fla. (The trip itself is proof of more optimistic times; last year’s publishers’ meeting took place in NYC.) Reports WWD:
“And in perhaps an indication, if not a wholehearted endorsement, of where the publishing world’s future lies, Townsend looked beyond the usual suspects for Publisher of the Year, giving the honor to Drew Schutte, chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Digital, who oversees such digital properties as newyorker.com, luckymag.com and glamour.com, which saw significant revenue growth over 2008. The Corporate Executive of the Year prize went to Robert Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast Consumer Marketing.”
Sauerberg has been working on the digital publishing consortium between several magazine publishers, including Condé, Hearst, Time Inc., Meredith and News Corp., and has been seeking other forms of revenue for the company, including licensing agreements.
After the jump, the official announcement from Condé Nast about the three promotions.
Conde Awards Return —WWD
Lou Cona has been named Executive Vice President of the Condé Nast Media Group. Since assuming oversight of the Media Group last year, Lou has created a collaborative selling strategy, featuring successful customer-focused advertising solutions. Building on his experience at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Lou has produced remarkable results in one of our most challenging business environments.
Laura McEwen has been named Vice President & Publisher of Teen Vogue. Under Laura’s stewardship since 2008, Teen Vogue is off to a great start this year: revenue is up 16 percent in the first quarter — the highest gain of all our titles. Laura has made significant contributions to the Vogue franchise, having successful management runs at both Vogue and Teen Vogue. She has been integral in positioning Teen Vogue as the premier “cultural catalyst” for young women.
Howard Mittman has been named Vice President & Publisher of Wired. Howard’s energy is palpable and it has infused the Wired brand since he joined in 2006. He and his team embrace the Wired culture, fostering innovation and ideation at every turn. It’s no wonder that AdWeekMedia named Wired the Magazine of the Decade — a tremendous honor and well-earned tribute to his leadership and the insights and talents of the entire Wired team.