Condé Nast Names Amy Astley Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest
New editorial leadership team also named for Teen Vogue.
Today, Condé Nast named Amy Astley editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest and announced the appointment of a new editorial leadership team for Teen Vogue.
Astley previously served as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and succeeds Margaret Russell, who will take on a consulting role on arts and special projects for Condé Nast once the transition is complete.
Astley will be responsible for reimagining and growing the title’s digital presence across all platforms. She will work closely with Giulio Capua, chief revenue officer and publisher, Architectural Digest, on business innovations and brand extensions.
“Amy’s leadership and creativity can be seen in the success of Teen Vogue, which she has built into the influential source of emerging fashion, beauty, and culture for young women everywhere,” Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue, said in a press release.
At Teen Vogue, Astley grew its digital audience by more than 50% in unique visitors, among other accomplishments. Under her leadership, the brand was also nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence and won Adweek’s Hottest Magazine on Social Media Hotlist.
“Amy also has spent a great deal of her career immersed in art and design, including five years at House & Garden where she also served as the de facto personal interior stylist for Alexander Liberman, which has given her a deep knowledge and lifelong passion for design that will lift Architectural Digest to new heights,” said Wintour in the statement.
Prior to Teen Vogue, Astley served as a beauty associate at Vogue in 1993, and became beauty director within a year. At House & Garden, Astley served as an associate editor.
The move comes in the wake of shakeups at the company since 2013. For instance, Bob Sauerberg was promoted to CEO (in addition to his role as president) in September 2015, succeeding Charles Townsend, who assumed the role of chairman.
Probably one of the most talked about executive changes was the appointment of Anna Wintour to artistic director in March 2013. Wintour described her role to the New York Times as “almost like being a one-person consulting firm,” advising editors on ideas or directions for their brands.
As such, her influence can be seen when one looks at recent staff changes. In June 2013, Lucky editor-in-chief Brandon Holley stepped down and was replaced by Eva Chen. Previously, Chen served as a consultant to the brand, working with Wintour.
Upon the formation of The Lucky Group, it was announced that Wintour would serve as an advisor to the company, in line with her consultation-like responsibilities as artistic director.
In August 2014, Sauerberg named Edward Menicheschi as president and chief marketing officer of Condé Nast Media Group. Menicheschi also had a connection to Wintour, as Vogue executive editor from 1992-1994. As such, he served as an “editorial liaison” to Wintour.
In light of Astley’s move to Architectural Digest, Condé Nast has appointed Elaine Welteroth editor of Teen Vogue. She will jointly oversee the brand with Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director, and Marie Suter, who continues on as creative director.
“Elaine, Marie, and Phil are fearlessly at the forefront, inspiring young trendsetters with their sophisticated take on emerging fashion, beaut, and pop culture, and they will lead Teen Vogue to the next phase of its success,” said Wintour in the release.
Most recently, Welteroth served as beauty and health director at Teen Vogue. Before joining the company, she held senior editorial roles at Glamour and Ebony. Picardi initially began his career as the beauty editor at Teen Vogue, and returned in April 2015 after serving as the senior beauty editor at Refinery29. Suter joined Teen Vogue from Instyle and Jane in 2012, where she held senior editorial positions. She has been Teen Vogue’s creative director since then.