Late Thursday, Women's Wear Daily announced that Miles Socha, the publication's executive editor, Europe, had been named editor in chief, with Edward Nardoza stepping down. WWD reported that Nardoza's retirement comes after 25 years as editor in chief of the publication, and 39 years overall at WWD's parent company, Fairchild Fashion Media. Nardoza will reportedly work closely with Socha through January to aid his transition. It was not made clear whether Socha will remain in Paris, where he is currently based, or relocate to New York City.
"With Miles, we could not have chosen a more capable, talented and innovative leader to continue Ed's work," Jay Penske, Penske Media Corp.'s chairman and chief executive officer, said Thursday. "For those who have not yet met Miles, you will quickly learn why he is the right leader — he's a smart, driven and fair journalist deeply entrenched in our industry who also brings with him a progressive digital perspective. I look forward to all we plan to accomplish."
WWD has not been exempt from the changes that many of its competing publications have made in recent years. In April 2015, the paper — which originally launched in 1910 as a fashion industry daily — published its final print daily edition, soon after introducing a new weekly Wednesday print edition and placing new emphasis on its digital presence and social media. "The challenge for us is to strike the balance of the contextual print vehicle with the much more urgent and perishable WWD.com, which is more of a 24/7 approach," Nardoza said last year.
We're certainly interested to see how Socha will continue WWD's latest chapter as we head into 2017.