Condé Nast announced Monday who will be taking over one of the top gigs in publishing—the editor-in-chief position at Vanity Fair, from which Graydon Carter is stepping down after 25 years. Radhika Jones will succeed him at the helm starting Dec. 11; she will be the magazine's fifth EIC since what the publishing company calls its "modern revival" in 1983. "With her expansive worldview, I know she will guide Vanity Fair’s history of provocative and enduring storytelling well into its future," says the president and CEO of Condé Nast. Jones has previously held senior editorial positions at the New York Times, Time, and the Paris Review. In a piece on Jones published Monday, the Times calls her a "surprise choice."
The Times notes that while Jones was at Time, she developed its annual Time 100 franchise "into an eclectic mix of celebrities and unheralded visionaries," and that she "seems suited to a new era—of transformation but also of restraint—at Vanity Fair and Condé Nast." As for her specific plans, she wouldn't say much. "I’m just really interested in discovery," she says. "One thing I really learned from my father," a singer and guitarist, "was the kind of excitement and rush of discovering new talent and keeping an open mind to new voices and bringing artists together." Tina Brown, who preceded Carter at the helm of Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992, said on Twitter Jones is a "thrilling choice for new @VanityFair ed. Smart, literary, stylish, new broom!" (Read more Vanity Fair stories.)