Hearst UK unveils new leadership team

Hearst UK has announced its new leadership team following four key external hires and four internal moves to newly created positions.

The publisher said the changes are designed to drive long-term sustainable growth for the business behind renowned brands including Good Housekeeping, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Country Living, Women’s Health and Esquire. 

“I’m excited to have our full leadership team in place as we supercharge our efforts to identify new revenue opportunities and use the power of our world-class, trusted brands to deepen our direct relationships with customers and clients,” said Katie Vanneck-Smith, CEO of Hearst UK. “2024 will be a pivotal year for Hearst UK, and we are laser-focused on delivering long-term sustainable growth.”

The new leadership roles include Managing Director Clients; Managing Director Commercial Operations UK & Global; Chief Customer Officer; Chief Transformation Officer; Managing Director Brand Diversification; Managing Director Good Housekeeping/Good Housekeeping Institute; Managing Director Brand Portfolio; and Managing Director Content.

As well as the Good Housekeeping division, Hearst UK has also organised around its brands with the creation of five new portfolios: Luxury, Health & Wellness, Homes, Women’s Lifestyle and Entertainment.

 “We are excited about the team Katie has assembled to implement a strategy that is designed to drive long-term growth for the UK business,” said Jonathan Wright, president of Hearst Magazines International.

The new leadership team is:

  • Ben Chesters – MD Clients
  • Gianluca Ena – MD Commercial Operations UK & Global
  • David Robinson – Chief Customer Officer
  • Elizabeth Minshaw – Chief Transformation Officer
  • Sharon Douglas – MD Brand Diversification
  • Liz Moseley – MD Good Housekeeping/Good Housekeeping Institute
  • Celine Gilg – MD Brand Portfolio
  • Toby Wiseman – MD Content

Hearst UK’s leadership team is completed by:

  • Julien Litzelmann – Chief Finance Officer
  • Surinder Simmons – Chief People Officer
  • Aimee Nisbet – Head of Legal
  • Alison Forth – Director of PR & Communications. 


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