After 92 years, Fortune will have its first female editor-in-chief.


Fortune on Tuesday called Alyson Shontell as new editor-in-chief, the first woman to hold the role in its 92-year history.

Ms Shontell, 35, comes from the digital media company Insider, where she co-edited the business section. She starts on October 6.

Alan Murray, Fortune’s CEO, said in: an email newsletter that Ms. Shontell would be responsible for the content of Fortune’s magazine and website, as well as its conferences, newsletters, videos, podcasts and the Fortune Connect platform, an online community for executives.

“Alyson is the perfect person to position Fortune for its second century,” he wrote, citing Ms. Shontell’s love of journalism and her digital chops. “As employee number six at Business Insider, she helped shape and build the most successful pure play digital business journalism franchise of our time.”

She replaces Clifton Leaf, who resigned as editor-in-chief in June. Brian O’Keefe was the acting editor.

Fortune joins a string of media outlets that now have women as top editors, a rank historically dominated by men. The Washington Post named Sally Buzbee its editor-in-chief in May. She was replaced by Julie Pace in her previous role as editor-in-chief of The Associated Press. Last week, Axios called Sara Kehaulani Goo as editor in chief and Aja Whitaker-Moore as editor in chief.

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