On October 9, Condé Nast announced that it is parting ways with chief digital officer Fred Santarpia. Santarpia will exit the company on November 2 after nearly six years as CDO.
The announcement comes on the heels of Condé Nast’s recent consolidation of the US and UK editorial teams of Condé Nast Traveller, and is part of a larger strategy to create a more streamlined global platform for its websites. Santarpia’s exit makes way for the formation of a global product and technology team that will be led by Ed Cudahy, chief technology officer at Condé Nast, and Lee Wilkinson, director of strategic change (overseeing tech, engineering and product teams) at Condé Nast International. Cudahy and Wilkinson will report to chief executive Bob Sauerberg and Condé Nast International president Wolfgang Blau, whose role includes the duties formerly belonging to Santarpia.
“We want to build on this success by formally mobilizing our product and technology organizations to work towards a set of common goals for both Condé Nast and Condé Nast International,” Sauerberg said in a memo. “By deepening our collaboration through the joint platform development, product and technology support, global supplier negotiations and the continued development of our Fashion Show products; we can unlock unlimited opportunities to scale our expertise and drive significant growth.”