Jessica Pels Is the New Editor-in-Chief of 'Cosmopolitan'

She'll take over for Michele Promaulayko, who's held the title for two years.
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It's quite the day for new editor-in-chief announcements: First Lindsay Peoples Wagner was announced as the new head of Teen Vogue, and now Jessica Pels has been named the new editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, according to a release from Hearst.

In taking up the role, Pels replaces Michele Promaulayko, who had been in the position since 2016. Pels formerly served as the digital director at Cosmo, where she started working after Amy Odell's departure in January of this year. Prior to that, Pels had been part of Marie Claire's digital team for four years. 

"One time in 8th grade, a girl in my class said I was going to move to NYC and become the editor-in-chief of a magazine," Pels wrote in an Instagram caption after the announcement. "Today I proved her right. Cannot believe this is where I am: about to take the helm at Cosmo... Never been happier than on this very day."

Pels' new title was announced as part of a spate of editorial leadership roles being shifted at Hearst under Troy Young, the company's new president as of earlier this month. Other publications affected by the shifts include Men's Health, Popular Mechanics and Seventeen.

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