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Many at Condé Nast aren’t sure what Jill Bright does, but they are sure of one thing: She’s one of the most powerful people at the company.
“So powerful, she’s scary” is actually how many describe Bright, 50.
Bright’s title is chief administrative officer, but a more fitting one might be consigliere to CEO Chuck Townsend. And while “scary” may not be the first word one associates with human resources, at a privately held, talent-driven company that historically has had no obvious org chart or formal employee-review process, Condé Nast’s HR apparatus wields considerable influence over careers and often-lucrative pay and perks.
Bright joined the publisher as a mid-level HR executive in 1993, working under Pamela van Zandt, a kingmaker at the time.