Fast Company Names Stephanie Mehta Editor-in-Chief
Bringing extensive experience in live events, the former Vanity Fair deputy editor succeeds Robert Safian, who spent 11 years in the role.
Mansueto Ventures has tapped Vanity Fair deputy editor Stephanie Mehta as the next editor-in-chief of Fast Company, CEO Eric Schurenberg announced today.
The announcement comes two months after Robert Safian, the magazine’s longtime editor-in-chief, revealed plans to step down after 11 years in the role. Safian has since gone on to found the media advisory firm Flux Group.
Mehta arrives at Fast Company having spent the last two years at Vanity Fair, where she headed up the brand’s New Establishment Summit and Founders Fair conferences in addition to serving as one of the magazine’s deputy editors. Prior to Vanity Fair, Mehta spent about a year at Bloomberg Media running the Bloomberg Live event series, and before that had a long tenure at Fortune, where she rose to executive editor in 2010 and deputy managing editor in 2013. She began her career in the early ’90s as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
“Having worked with Stephanie in the past, I know that she is an exacting journalist, a generous leader, and a warm colleague,” said Schurenberg (who also serves as editor-in-chief of sister title Inc.) in a prepared statement. “She is a true practitioner of smart business journalism and a fierce believer in Fast Company’s mission and its future as a brand. I couldn’t be more excited to have her on board.”
The announcement notes that Mehta will be charged with oversight of Fast Company‘s editorial across print and digital, as well as its growing events business—including the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York.