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Condé Nast U.K.’s Vanessa Kingori Joins Google

Former Condé Nast Executive to Drive Growth in Tech, Media, and Telecoms

Vanessa Kingori, a notable figure in the U.K. media landscape, is set to depart Condé Nast Britain to join Google in 2024 as the Managing Director of Tech, Media, and Telecoms. Her move is part of a significant recruitment drive by the tech giant as part of a trio of female senior executive hires to be revealed by the tech giant tomorrow.

In her statement, Kingori expressed enthusiasm about her new role at Google.

The opportunity to shift my career and implement my passion for transformational leadership at Google during this critical phase of change is both urgent and a dream realized. Being involved in driving a focus on deep relationships and learning to create positive outcomes in the AI era is a privilege and an exciting new venture.

– Vanessa Kingori

At Google, Kingori will report directly to Debbie Weinstein, Vice President and Managing Director of Google U.K. and Ireland. Her responsibilities will include assisting U.K.-based companies in leveraging AI technology and advertising solutions to foster growth.

Weinstein commented on the U.K.’s position as a leader in AI, highlighting the potential for businesses to utilize this technology for operational transformation and growth. She welcomed the new leaders to her team, emphasizing their role in unlocking creativity and innovation through AI-powered advertising solutions.

Kingori’s journey at Condé Nast spans 15 years, including roles as Publisher of British GQ and British Vogue’s Publishing Director. In 2021, she took on the role of Chief Business Officer at Condé Nast Britain and Vogue European Business Adviser amidst the company’s editorial and publishing reorganization.

Kingori’s notable achievements at Condé Nast include being the first Black publisher at Condé Nast Britain and the first female business leader in the history of British Vogue. Before her tenure at Condé, she gained experience at London’s Evening Standard and Esquire in Britain.

Her departure from Condé Nast occurs during a period of global restructuring led by CEO Roger Lynch and Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s Global Chief Content Officer and American Vogue’s Editor in Chief. The reorganization aims to enhance the publisher’s digital-first approach while adapting to changing media landscapes.

Edward Enninful, currently the Editor in Chief of British Vogue, will transition to a new role as Vogue’s Global Creative and Cultural Adviser next spring. Chioma Nnadi, appointed Head of Editorial Content at British Vogue in September, will assume Enninful’s day-to-day responsibilities.

Despite the restructuring, Condé Nast’s profitability outside the U.S. remains relatively unaffected. The U.K. branch, Condé Nast Holdings Ltd., reported a 41% profit decrease for the year ending December 31, 2022, with a turnover of 254.2 million pounds.

The decline in print sales was partially offset by stable advertising revenues, reflecting the company’s strategic shift towards a digital-first model. During the 12-month period, the company experienced a 21 percent drop in newsstand and subscription sales, amounting to 42.4 million pounds, while advertising revenues remained relatively stable at 211.8 million pounds.