The first female Publisher of British GQ and the first black Publisher at Condé Nast UK Vanessa Kingori, recently took periods of her busy schedule to talk about the story of her journey with WeAreTheCity.
As Publisher she actually is in charge of British GQ’s commercial success. Kingori has been doing the role for a year having spent seven years at GQ altogether. She was Publisher of GQ Style Magazine, an offshoot of the key brand for six years just before her promotion: “I was initially tasked with turning one of the company’s smaller businesses to a larger more profitable brand. I worked hard to achieve that and sustain the success. I’m extremely proud of the fast growth we achieved. That success led me here.”
The Publishing and Fashion industry are changing rapidly. Upon this Kingori says:
“I’m working together with a remarkably strong brand that’s continuing to grow and prosper. The way the industry is developing is only enhancing that.” She adds “When facing challenges try to keep a positive perspective, there is always opportunity within it. It’s important not to look at problems in the short term, as when you take a long-term view you gain more perspective and the potential for a positive gain is clear. Short-termism is a distraction. All of my professional and personal challenges, bar none, have led me to this point.”
She credits a lot of her success to using an amazing support system and network: “I am so lucky to involve some incredible people to support me. Mutual cheerleaders inside and outside of the industry. I am fortunate to have retained and built my friendship groups and networks from school, through University and every job I’ve had since.”
“You spend more time at work than you do with your loved ones. Those relationships are as important to me as my family. It’s also a more fulfilling way to work to stay in touch with people, to see how they grow and change over the years can inspire. My networks and connections have given me lots of confidence and lots of direct opportunities.”
Just before her career at Condé Nast, Kingori worked at Esquire and the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine. The award-winning publisher was also honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2016, and is an associate of the mayor of London’s Brexit Expert Advisory Panel.
Kingori will succeed Stephen Quinn, who’s retiring after a 26-year tenure, on December 22.