NEW YORK – Condé Nast has appointed Nicholas Thompson the new editor-in-chief of Wired. This marks a return for Thompson, who previously served as a senior editor of Wired, where he worked from 2005 – 2010. In 2010 he joined The New Yorker as a senior editor and in 2012 was named editor of Newyorker.com.
In his new role, Thompson will oversee Wired’s editorial content and is charged with expanding the brand’s digital and video presence across all platforms and formats, and furthering the reach of Wired’s tech authority. Additionally, he will work closely with Kim Kelleher, the brand’s chief revenue officer and publisher, on business innovations and brand extensions, including new consumer experiences and products. Thompson, whose appointment is effective January 30, will relocate to Wired’s editorial headquarters in San Francisco.
“Nick is an accomplished editor, and his leadership at The New Yorker speaks for itself – he helped expand their digital, video and social presence and significantly grew their audience, especially among younger readers,” said Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director. “Nick’s return to Wired, combined with his impeccable journalistic skills, will give the Wired team a tremendous advantage in covering the world of technology.”
Thompson succeeds Scott Dadich, who successfully led Wired the past four years, helping establish the brand as the industry’s premier tech publication. Dadich is leaving Condé Nast to launch a strategy, design and content firm Godfrey Dadich Partners.
“Wired focuses on one of the most important issues in the world: how technology is changing our lives,” said Thompson. “I couldn’t be more excited to return, engage with the readers, and work to add to Wired’s extraordinary history of reporting, story-telling, and design.”
During his four-year tenure as editor of Newyorker.com, the number of monthly readers increased nearly eight-fold. He also, during that period, helped lead the redesign and replatforming of the site, the launch of the New Yorker Today app, and the introduction of a metered paywall in 2014, which has contributed to a quadrupling in the number of new digital subscribers to the publication each year. Previously, while at Wired, Thompson assigned and edited “Vanish” by Evan Ratliff, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award, as well as “The Great Escape,” the story which was developed into the movie “Argo.”
Thompson also is a news contributor for CBS News and the author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War. He is also a co-founder of The Atavist, a software company that provides a content management system to hundreds of publishers and a digital magazine that has won a national magazine award for feature writing. He is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.