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NEW YORK, October 16, 2018 - Hearst Magazines today announced that Keesha Jean-Baptiste has been named senior vice president of human resources. The announcement was made by Hearst Magazines President Troy Young.

Jean-Baptiste was most recently senior vice president of talent, engagement and inclusion at the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies), the leading trade association representing the advertising agency industry. At the 4A’s, Jean-Baptiste led thought leadership for the industry and member agencies around recruitment, professional development, leadership and inclusion and oversaw diversity-focused initiatives for the 4A’s Foundation, including the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), scholarships and the advertising high schools.

“Keesha understands the inner workings and needs of a creative culture like ours,” Young said. “As we evolve as an organization and focus on collaboration, her expertise, insight and contributions will be invaluable.”

Jean-Baptiste spent six years at Wieden+Kennedy beginning in 2011, first as a recruiting manager, and then as director of talent and human resources, during which time she executed a strategic reimagining of the agency’s human resources department. From 2005 to 2010, she held various senior-level human resources roles at Digitas. She started her career in marketing, also at Digitas, and was then business development director at Essence magazine. Jean-Baptiste is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Master’s Degree from Emerson College.

“Hearst Magazines is a company filled with creators, makers and innovators and a unique culture that I admire,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I’m looking forward to working with the teams and to contributing to the organization’s future with human-centered HR and talent strategies.”

Jean-Baptiste begins her new role on November 12 and will report to Young.

About Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines is one of the world’s largest publishers of magazine media across all platforms, with print and digital assets reaching a combined audience of 145 million readers and site visitors each month, including over 70 percent of all women and more than three-quarters of millennial women in the country. The company publishes more than 300 editions and 240 websites around the world, with 26 titles in the U.S. The division also operates iCrossing, a global, full-service digital marketing agency, and CDS Global, a business process provider. Hearst Magazines holds a majority stake in KUBRA, a customer experience management solutions company, and is a partner with Condé Nast in the publishing services company PubWorX.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018