Condé Nast continues to reorganize, moving its longtime, powerful HR chief into a new role that will include oversight for PR.
Jill Bright, Condé Nast’s head of HR since 1996, was named chief administrative officer, CEO Chuck Townsend and recently named president Bob Sauerberg announced in an internal memo to employees Oct. 6.
Condé Nast has made a number of high-level changes in the past few months as it tries to shift to a more consumer revenue-driven business following a grueling ad recession, and the Bright move was perceived by insiders as part of a continued beefing up of the corporate side. That shift follows major cost cuts last year after a consulting stint by McKinsey, which still plays a role there.
“The center of gravity’s totally shifted from the brands to corporate,” said one. “They’re really strengthening the bench at the top.”
Recent big outside hires have included Joe Simon, its first chief technology officer; and Monica Ray, who was poached from Time Inc. to be evp, consumer marketing. There have been internal changes, too: Along with Sauerberg’s appointment, Condé Nast Media Group evp Lou Cona added chief marketing officer to his title and chief operating officer John Bellando added the CFO role.
As for Bright, she’ll expand her employee communications role to include public relations, incorporating company spokesperson Maurie Perl’s department into her own, according to the announcement. Matt Norman, vp of human resources, will now lead HR.
“In this newly created role, Jill will work closely with the executive team to coordinate strategic business initiatives that are critical to moving our company forward,” the announcement read. “Her responsibilities will include assessing our organizational effectiveness, providing important guidance on people, productivity and alignment, and managing key projects to assist in driving higher levels of success.”