Will Welch has become the fifth editor-in-chief of GQ, succeeding longtime editor Jim Nelson.
“Will is responsible for so much of what has propelled GQ forward and has a clear vision for where it will go in the future,” stated Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast.
Nelson spent 15 years as editor-in-chief of GQ and 21 years at the publication.
Under Nelson’s leadership, GQ was nominated for 64 ASMEs and recently won its first Pulitzer, according to a memo from Bob Sauerberg, CEO and president of Condé Nast.
Nelson's "undeniable creativity and vision for the brand leaves a very strong foundation for Will to build upon,” Sauerberg wrote.
"Now feels like a good time for me to figure out the next chapter of my life," Nelson stated, noting with Welch at the helm, "GQ will be in great hands. I leave feeling proud and confident in the excellence of the work we’ve done together."