Ever since Deborah Needleman left WSJ for T we’ve been wondering who would replace her at her former post. And now we have our answer: Kristina O’Neill, formerly of Harper’s Bazaar, has been named editor-in-chief of WSJ, according to a press release sent out by Dow Jones (which was posted in full on The Observer).
O’Neill is has worked at Harper’s Bazaar since 2000, and her most recent title was executive editor. The press release describes her as the “the number two editor”–aka Glenda Bailey’s right-hand woman–but even so, it’s still a pretty big jump, career-wise, to go from executive editor to editor-in-chief in one fell swoop.
However, O’Neill won’t be completely at the helm of the quarterly mag: According to the release, she will report to Ruth Altchek, who has been named to the newly created role of editorial director for WSJ Weekend, overseeing the Off Duty lifestyle section and WSJ. Altchek joined the Journal in 2010, and has served as editor of Off Duty since August 2011.
And from what we can tell from the release, this new hire is only the beginning of many changes at the WSJ.
“The appointment of Kristina, one of America’s most talented editors, marks a new phase of the exponential evolution of WSJ.,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. “We are increasing the frequency and expanding global reach in the coming year with our winning mix of intelligent writing and visual virtuosity–gloss without dross is our magazine mantra.”
And now the question is: Who will replace O’Neill at Bazaar? The fashion glossy recently also lost their fashion features editor, Annamaria Wilson (to Michael Kors), so there’s now plenty of room at the top of the masthead–but who will fill it?
We’ll fill you in as soon as we know, of course.