Hearst US announced that Sally Holmes has been appointed editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire, a joint venture between Hearst US Magazines and Marie Claire Album. Holmes, who joined Hearst US Magazines in 2014, succeeds Aya Kanai, who is leaving to join Pinterest as Global Head of Content and Editorial Partnerships. The announcement was made by Hearst US President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Hearst US Magazines Acting President Debi Chirichella and Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis.
“Sally is such a versatile editor. She can be funny and incisive, smart and obsessive. Every turn of phrase with her is an adventure,” said Lewis. “She genuinely understands and embodies what the Marie Claire reader is all about: this is a brand for strong women with an enterprising spirit who care deeply about their world. Sally is always challenging herself and the team to produce beautiful fashion features, ambitious investigative stories and insightful, sharp news about culture. Her approach has reaped rewards, with massive audience growth and engagement. I can’t wait to see what she will bring to the brand in this important role, I know it will be well worth reading.”
Holmes has been with Marie Claire since 2018, first as digital director, overseeing all content for the brand’s website and social platforms. In January of this year, she was named executive editor, managing the team on both print and digital. Under her leadership the site doubled its traffic, achieved record ecommerce growth, and was nominated for an ASME in personal service. As executive editor she worked closely with Kanai to integrate print and digital into a unified editorial team and launched the brand’s first-ever digital issue and cover with Janet Mock and ambitious feature packages including the ‘100 Women on Voting’ story, which featured prominent female figures from Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey to Condoleezza Rice and Michelle Obama sharing why they are voting in the upcoming election as part of Marie Claire’s ongoing voter registration campaign.
She started her career at New York Magazine as an editor for their website before moving over to The Cut ahead of its relaunch in 2012. She joined Hearst US Magazines in 2014 as the senior news editor at ELLE.com before taking on the role of deputy editor in 2016 and then executive editor in 2017.
“I love that I’m stepping into a role held by amazing women I’ve long admired,” said Holmes. “Marie Claire is an incredible global brand that at its core is all about empowering women, telling impactful stories, and connecting with its audience of smart, stylish, ambitious women. At this critical moment in our country, I’m honored to lead a brand that has the power to inspire meaningful change, amplify voices, and galvanize readers to vote.”
Born and raised in New York City, Holmes graduated with an English major from Boston College