Vanessa King’ori is the Publisher, British Vogue and an MBE is a multi award-winning, British based, businesswoman, diversity proponent, youth advocate and mother.
With over 20 years experience in the media industry Vanessa has a special focus on business transformation, digitization and change management particularly in the worlds of marketing, content creation and revenue growth.
Vanessa’s appointment to lead the British Vogue business in 2017 made history. She is British Vogue’s first female business lead in its over 100 year history. She is also Conde Nast Britain’s first Black Publisher and first POC business lead.
Vanessa’s role at British Vogue involved a significant shift in the brand’s purpose, business strategy and revenue streams with an emphasis on diversity of perspective, social responsibility and female empowerment.
The unprecedented success of British Vogue’s revenue transformation during her tenure, has led to promotion and expansion of her role to Chief Business Officer across the entire British company and encompassing all Conde Nast Britain brands – Vogue, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveler, House & Garden and The World of Interiors.
This is in addition to continuing her existing responsibilities directly leading British Vogue and a further expansion of role to support the Vogue brand across Europe as Vogue’s European Business Advisor.
Vanessa is a prolific public speaker. She is most frequently requested by Footsie 100 companies to share her insights on digital transformation, change management and purpose in business. This includes speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, at Cannes Lion, at Salesforce’s Dreamforce, with McKinsey, Google/YouTube and many more.
Vanessa has topped Campaign’s Top 10 Trailblazers for 2020 and Top 10 Commercial Chiefs by Campaign in 2021. Her body of work and services to British Media led her to be awarded an MBE on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours Lists, 2016.
She has been credited amongst the 100 Most Influential Black Britons every year for the last decade.