Marie Claire UK has promoted deputy editor Andrea Thompson to the editor-in-chief role weeks after canning the print product to focus on a digital future.
Thompson takes on the role on 1 October, reporting into chief revenue officer Sam Finlay. The title cites her 17 years’ experience in the industry championing ethical issues and women’s rights as vital skills for the role.
Thompson has led a range of the brand’s women’s empowerment campaigns and franchises such as the Marie Claire mentoring scheme, annual Future Shapers Awards and the Not My Job campaign.
She was previously a senior features writer for The Daily Mail for four years, has additional experience writing for The Sunday Times and Guardian and worked on the features teams at Grazia, Glamour and woman&home.
Finlay said: “Andrea has been pivotal in driving forward Marie Claire’s agenda-setting features and campaigns and has played a key role in establishing a host of successful commercial partnerships for the brand. Her experience of working across multi-platforms and her campaigning spirit make her the ideal person to lead Marie Claire UK into this exciting new stage of its evolution. I look forward to working with her.”
Thompson added: “While the media industry has changed considerably over the past decade, the need for a brand like Marie Claire that champions quality journalism and leads conversations around diversity, sustainability and female empowerment has never been greater. I’m looking forward to helping future-proof this iconic brand through compelling content, inspiring events and commercial partnerships that epitomise the core values of Marie Claire.”
Marie Claire lost two of its most senior staffers in wake of the decision to end its print edition to focus on digital.
Editor-in-chief Trish Halpin and managing director Justine Southall announced plans to step down from the publisher.