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NEW YORK, NY – February 20, 2015 – Fred Santarpia, Condé Nast chief digital officer, today appointed Ky Harlin vice president, growth and data science.  In this newly created role, Harlin will be responsible for leveraging the company’s data capabilities to create more engaging and targeted consumer-facing products for audiences across all of its digital properties. 

Harlin joins Condé Nast from Buzzfeed where, as director of data science, he developed algorithms and models to understand how, when and why content goes viral, generating massive traffic growth to the site.  For his pioneering work in the science of shareability, Harlin was named one of “21 New Media Innovators” by New York Magazine.  Prior to his four-year tenure at BuzzFeed, Harlin worked in medical research, developing mathematical analysis methods and software tools for nuclear imaging.  A trained mathematician, he graduated from Columbia University and Columbia Engineering with a degree in Applied Mathematics. 

“Condé Nast has long been recognized as the first choice for world-class creative talent in media,” said Santarpia.  “Ky’s appointment is a continuation of that strong tradition.  As one of the most recognized and creative executives in his field, Ky will extend his expertise in data science to devise unique business solutions and identify new growth opportunities.  We’re thrilled to welcome him to Condé Nast.”

Harlin added, “Rapid changes in how people consume content present tremendous opportunities for growth and innovation for Condé Nast.  It’s a very exciting time for the company, and I’m thrilled to be joining Fred and his team.”


About Condé Nast:

Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world's most influential audiences.  Attracting 115 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands, the company’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic titles in media: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Ars Technica, and The Scene.  The company’s newest division, Condé Nast Entertainment, was launched in 2011 to develop film, television and premium digital video programming.


Over the past twenty years, Condé Nast has reached record profits, tripling its topline growth and exponentially expanding its content distribution. During the same period, the company earned more editorial, design, digital, advertising, video and business awards than any competitor in the industry. In 2014, the corporation was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the digital video business and was one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Most In-Demand Employers.  The company has recently relocated to its new global headquarters at 1 World Trade Center, where it plays a leading role in the resurgence of Lower Manhattan.


For more information, please visit and follow @CondeNast on Twitter.


Source:  comScore, December 2014





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Monday, February 23, 2015