Amy Odell Exits Cosmopolitan.com, Hearst Magazines
She'll be succeeded by Jessica Pels, site director for Marie Claire.
Amy Odell is stepping down as editor of Cosmopolitan.com, a position she’s held since 2013, to focus on writing her next book among other projects, according to both Odell and Hearst Magazines. Her last day is Thursday.
“It has been such an honor to work with you all over the past four and a half years,” Odell wrote in a note to staffers Thursday. “I am proud of all that we did to make the brand one of the biggest, most influential websites for young women.”
Odell arrived at Hearst in August of 2013 after a brief stint at Buzzfeed, where she oversaw the launch of women’s vertical Shift. That followed a longer tenure at New York magazine, where Odell was the founding editor of The Cut. In 2016, three years after her joining Cosmo, Hearst added oversight of Redbook‘s digital content to her responsibilities.
Odell added that the site has more than tripled its audience since she took over, and that Cosmo now generates over 300 million video views each month.
“We thank Amy for her leadership and dedication, which helped make Cosmopolitan.com the go-to site for millions of young women,” said Kate Lewis, SVP and editorial director for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, in a statement. “We wish her the best of luck with her new book and all of her future endeavors.”
To succeed Odell, Hearst tapped Jessica Pels, site director at sister brand MarieClaire.com, who Hearst says has more than tripled that site’s unique monthly visitors since joining the brand from Teen Vogue in late 2014.
“I am absolutely thrilled to step into this incredible role,” said Pels in a statement. “Amy and her impressive team have done hefty work building this brand into the digital powerhouse it is today, and I could not be more honored to usher it into its next phase.”
Added Lewis, “From profiles of the women who guard our nuclear weapons, to an essay on feminism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to a look at the growing trend of young men wearing makeup, Jessica infused MarieClaire.com with passionate storytelling, and she will bring her unique energy and creativity to Cosmopolitan.com.”
Hearst has not yet named a replacement for Pels at Marie Claire.