Hearst Magazines UK, the principal business for Hearst in the United Kingdom, has named Anna Jones its new chief executive officer per a joint announcement Monday by Hearst Magazines president David Carey and Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, to whom Jones will report.
“Hearst Magazines UK is a vital part of our global portfolio,” says Carey. Calling Jones “strategic and collaborative,” Carey continues noting, “over the last five months, [Jones has] grown our digital business, established a new corporate sales structure to better serve clients, launched a new marketing platform, Hearst Empowering Women…and is rolling our the first issue of Town & Country in the U.K.”
Jones, 39, was promoted to CEO from her role as chief operating officer at the company, a position she has held since November 2011. Prior to joining the company, she was digital and strategy director at Hachette Filipacchi UK and responsible for digital businesses, emerging platforms, group publishing for various weekly titles and strategic insight for brands, editors and senior managers.
Jones’ CEO predecessor, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, left the company in November 2013 to join French media conglomerate Vivendi as senior executive vice president of media and content activities. Hearst Magazines UK distributes 19 magazines including editions of Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar and publishes 26 websites.