Edward Enninful To Step Down As Editor In Chief Of British Vogue, Promoted To Global Advisory Role
In 2017, EDWARD ENNINFUL BECAME THE FIRST MALE TO EDIT BRITISH VOGUE IN ITS 100-YEAR HISTORY AND THE FIRST BLACK EDITOR EVER TO HELM A VOGUE TITLE.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Edward Enninful is moving on from his editor-in-chief position at Condé Nast – owned British Vogue and will start a new, global role that he’ll take up in 2024.
Enninful will take on the new position of global creative and cultural adviser at Vogue, and will also become editorial adviser at British Vogue, according to a memo obtained from a Condé Nast spokesperson.
He will continue to contribute to the Vogue brand globally “while having the freedom to take on broader creative projects,” according to the memo, which was penned by Enninful. It did not give any further details about his new role.
Enninful told staffers in London that his promotion was the result of discussions with bosses Anna Wintour and Roger Lynch, chief executive officer of Condé Nast Inc., about how he could play “a broader role in enhancing Vogue globally.”
Although it’s a promotion, the management structure won’t change, and Enninful will continue to report to Wintour, who is global chief content officer for Condé Nast, and editor in chief of American Vogue.
Enninful is looking for a head of editorial content for British Vogue, a move aimed at bringing the publication in line with the new management structure at Condé Nast, where content is shared globally and editors in chief are a thing of the past.
Enninful also told staff members that British Vogue’s new head of editorial content “will partner very closely with you all and Anna.” The new person will initially report to Enninful, and then to Wintour, similar to the company’s other content chiefs.
He said that “for now everything remains the same, and I’m so excited about what the future holds for us. I would like to thank Roger and Anna for their continued support.”
Enninful has been working with Condé Nast for more than 25 years. He is widely considered to be a legend in the editorial world, and has long been tipped as Wintour’s heir.
He took over as editor in chief of British Vogue in August 2017 and in December 2020 was promoted to European editorial director of Vogue. He also served as creative and fashion director of W. He may be committed to Condé — for now — but he’s made no secret of his future ambitions beyond the world of magazine publishing. It’s clear that Condé is keen to keep him on side — and in pole position to take over if and when Wintour decides to leave.
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