Born in Kenya, schooled in the Caribbean, Vanessa Kingori would rise to become one of the leading names in British luxury print media: was the publisher of GQ magazine, now publisher of Vogue.
Vanessa was born in Kenya and had her early education on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts before moving permanently to London to complete her education. Ms Kingori went to the Royal Holloway College of the University of London.
She worked on the London Evening Standard and then at Esquire. In March 2015, she was appointed Publisher of British GQ across all platforms where she gave particular attention to building the brand’s digital fortunes whilst simultaneously growing and maintaining the print elements of the GQ portfolio. Her first full one year at the magazine became the GQ’s most successful year of revenue generation of the last decade. After significant changes in management, restructuring the largely print heritage team, digital revenue performance peaked, up 115% year on year. GQ won several digital commercial awards in her tenure.
In September 2017, Vanessa was appointed Publishing Director of all British Vogue platforms. Making her the first female publisher of the company’s flagship brand in its over 100-year history, the first person of colour in the role and Condé Nast UK’s youngest serving Publishing Director. Kingori began her role as Publishing Director of British Vogue in January 2018.
Amongst so many recognitions and awards, Ms Kingori was awarded an MBE on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours Lists, 2016.
In July 2018, Kingori was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London.
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