Wolfgang Blau Named Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast International

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He will start December 1

Wolfgang Blau has been named Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast International with responsibility for the digital growth of Vogue, Vanity Fair,Wired and other famous media brands in 28 markets around the world, it was announced today by Jonathan Newhouse, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive. He will start December 1.

Since April 2013 Blau has been Director of Digital Strategy for The Guardian, reporting directly to The Guardian’s global Editor-in-Chief as well as to the CEO of Guardian News & Media and has been serving on the company's executive committee. He had the editorial lead for relaunching the websites and digital tools for the media brand’s British, American and Australian operations. Most recently, he has been part of a four person team to evaluate the organisation’s editorial and commercial strategy and is a moving force behind The Guardian’s new International edition. Before joining The Guardian, he served for five years as Editor-in-Chief of Zeit Online, the digital publication of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit.

A sought after speaker at industry conferences, Blau is a highly respected figure in the world of digital journalism and publishing. He initiated the Climate Publishers Network, a content sharing alliance of news organisations from more than 30 countries, and is a Vice President of the Global Editors Network in Paris, an association of more than 1,500 editors from 85 countries. He was named Germany’s Chief Editor of the Year for his work at Zeit Online, which won numerous awards under his leadership.

“Wolfgang brings a commitment to journalistic excellence, a deep knowledge of all things digital and international scope to the position. He is the ideal person to take on this hugely important role,” said Newhouse.

Blau said, "I am delighted to take on this new assignment. As a family owned journalistic enterprise, Condé Nast has enormous resources and talent and has a rare, long-term perspective. This presents a unique opportunity."