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FORTUNE names its first woman editor in chief, Alyson Shontell

FORTUNE names its first woman editor in chief, Alyson Shontell

 September 22, 2021

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FORTUNE magazine has named Alyson Shontell as next editor in chief, the first woman to take on this prestigious leadership role in the magazine's 92-year history.

She succeeds former editor in chief, Clifton Leaf, who is stepping down from the role.

"FORTUNE is the premiere brand in business journalism. I'm thrilled to join this prestigious newsroom and work with the executive team to transform FORTUNE into a digital powerhouse," says Alyson.

Responsible for all of Fortune's content and platforms

As Editor-in-Chief, she is responsible for overseeing all of the company's content, including its lists (the FORTUNE 500 list, the Most Powerful Women in Business list, the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and the Change the World list) and its executive conference business (FORTUNE Global Forum, the Most Powerful Women's Summit, the CEO Initiative, and Brainstorm Tech). 

Alyson will also oversee content on its platforms, FORTUNE Connect and FORTUNE Education, as well as FORTUNE video, FORTUNE Podcasts and FORTUNE China.

"Alyson is the perfect person to position FORTUNE for its second century. She has a deep love of great journalism and storytelling. She has overseen award-winning coverage of some of the most important business stories of our time," says Fortune CEO Alan Murray.

"She is rooted in the tech world, which is the fundamental driver of almost everything happening in business today. And she is a true digital native. As employee number six at Business Insider, she helped shape and build the most successful pure play digital business journalism franchise of our time, and we look forward to seeing what she'll accomplish at FORTUNE."

A successful media career 

Prior to this role, Alyson was Editor-in-Chief for Insider, co-founding the magazine in 2008. As Editor-in-Chief for Insider, Alyson broke records as the youngest person and only woman to run a global business publication.

She is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she majored in psychology and advertising. She also judges the Gerald Loeb Awards in business journalism, and is one of Min's Rising Stars in Media and Folio's 2017 Top Women in Media.

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