Condé Nast has tapped Thompson to succeed Scott Dadich, who has led Wired since 2012. Dadich is leaving to launch a strategy, design and content firm called Godfrey Dadich Partners, bringing an end to his 11 years at Condé Nast. He previously served as the company’s VP of editorial platforms and design.
“Covering business, design and technology as a journalist, however valuable, still means watching from the sidelines. I have felt for some time it was time to get in the game,” Dadich said via his Instagram account.
Thompson was a Wired editor for five years before joining The New Yorker in 2010. Four years ago, he became the digital editor of newyorker.com. The number of monthly readers increased nearly eight-fold under his tenure. He oversaw the site’s redesign, the launch of its app and introduced a metered paywall.
“Nick is an accomplished editor, and his leadership at The New Yorker speaks for itself — he helped expand their digital, video and social presence and significantly grew their audience, especially among younger readers,” stated Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director.
WWD reports that New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick is in the process of looking for Thompson’s successor.
At Wired, Thompson will work on expanding digital and video across platforms and formats, according to the company.
His appointment is effective at the end of the month.