Marie Claire UK – the agenda-setting media destination for women who want to think smart and look amazing - today announces the appointment of Andrea Thompson to the role of editor-in-chief. Currently deputy editor of Marie Claire, Andrea takes the helm on 1 October and will report into chief revenue officer Sam Finlay.
Andrea is an award-winning journalist with more than 17 years’ experience, specialising in investigative reporting into ethical issues and women’s rights and has edited at a senior level for over 10 years.
At Marie Claire, Andrea has led a range of the brand’s women’s empowerment campaigns and franchises such as the Marie Claire mentoring scheme, Future Shapers and the Not My Job campaign, which pushed for equal pay for women. She has also upheld the brand’s global focus on women’s rights, working on campaigns in partnership with leading brands to champion girls’ education, reproductive rights, and diversity. The report she oversaw on ‘Rape as a Weapon of War in the Congo’, won the brand an Amnesty Media Award.
Previously during her four years as a senior features writer for Daily Mail, Andrea acted as an undercover investigative reporter bringing to light stories that landed the front page and has presented for Channel 4 on ethical fashion and better transparency within the cosmetic surgery industry. Andrea has also freelanced for leading publications such as The Sunday Times and Guardian and worked on the features teams at Grazia, Glamour and woman&home.
Sam Finlay says: “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.”
Andrea adds: “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.”
Andrea will be joined by a leadership team including commercial director Angela Rawstorne, digital editor Holly Rains and beauty and style director Lisa Oxenham.
Andrea’s appointment follows the announcement that current editor-in-chief Trish Halpin will be stepping down on 30 September.
About Marie Claire UK
Marie Claire UK is a compelling media destination that combines provocative features and outstanding beauty to inspire every woman who wants to think smart and look amazing. The brand has won four Amnesty Media Awards and has received more than 50 accolades from within the publishing world, the fashion & beauty industries and charities. Marie Claire UK has been a trailblazer in the fashion and beauty retail space with the launch of content-led premium beauty retail platform Fabled.com and the Fabled by Marie Claire beauty store, a joint venture with Next Plc, and fashion aggregator platform The Marie Claire Edit. marieclaire.co.uk has 2m* monthly online users and a social media offering enjoyed by millions each month.
*Source: Google Analytics (Jul19)
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