Cork woman appointed to one of the world's top media roles

Cork woman appointed to one of the world's top media roles
New editor in chief of Glamour, Samantha Barry.

CORKWOMAN Samantha Barry is to take on one of the world's biggest women's media brands after she was appointed editor in chief of Glamour.

Ms Barry, originally from Ballincollig, is to leave her post as executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide to take on the new role.

The magazine, founded in 1939, recently switched its focus towards the internet, publishing fewer print editions and focusing on digital content.

Vogue's Anna Wintour, who is also artistic director of Glamour's parent company, Condé Nast, called Ms Barry "fearless" and "perfect" for the job.

"We recognised at once that Sam would be the perfect editor for a new more ambitious era of Glamour's future. We can not wait to see her vision unfold," she said.

Ms Barry previously worked in RTÉ, Newstalk, and the BBC as a news reporter, but has focused on social media in recent years.

"I bring to the table being an expert in content," she said and signalled that she will push the magazine further online, although she still sees print as important.

"I care about the brand and the magazine is a huge part of that brand. Glamour is a brand - it's not just a magazine," she said.

Fitting the brand's new digital focus, editor Cindi Leive tweeted her support to Ms Barry.

"Congratulations @samanthabarry! Can't wait to read & watch @glamourmag under your leadership," she said.

"Thank you so much @cindi_leive. I've got impressive shoes to fill," responded Ms Barry.

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