Joanna Coles is Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, overseeing content and editorial partnerships for 300 magazines globally. She also sits on the board of directors of Snap Inc and is the executive producer of ABC Freeform’s scripted drama, The Bold Type.
The British-born editor moved to the U.S. in 1997 as the New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming the New York columnist for The Times of London. Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show Running in Heels. She was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. She was the executive producer of the unscripted series So Cosmo on E! in 2017.
Over the course of her career, Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.”
In addition to her role with Hearst Magazines, Coles is currently writing a book with HarperCollins on relationships in the digital age and lives in Manhattan. She sits on the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.