Elizabeth Schimel, an American media executive with close ties to China, will become president of Condé Nast China in October.
Schimel is currently executive vice president – chief digital officer of Meredith. She will be responsible for the Beijing-based Condé Nast unit, in charge of brands including Vogue, Self and Gentlemen’s Quarterly which are published under copyright cooperation agreements with various Chinese publishers, a form of collaboration commonly used in China. Schimel previously held executive positions at Nokia and the cable television company Comcast and is fluent in Mandarin.
“Condé Nast’s commitment to excellence and its thriving presence in China offer a unique platform for growth. It is an irresistible opportunity,” said Schimel.
Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International said: “Liz Schimel’s track record of success, experience in publishing including digital, and family ties to China make her the ideal person to lead the enterprise.”