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Former Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain, Author of The Imagination Muscle
Albert Read is a remarkable individual who excels both as a business leader and a journalist. His unique ability to connect creative content with commercial success sets him apart. With an impressive track record of launching and leading businesses for Condé Nast across the UK, Europe, and Asia, he brings a wealth of experience in the world of publishing and media. Throughout his career, Albert has overseen prestigious titles such as Vogue, GQ, Wired, Condé Nast Traveller, and Vanity Fair. His exceptional leadership skills and expertise make him a highly respected figure in the industry.
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About Albert Read
Albert Read took the helm of Condé Nast Britain (home of Vogue, GQ, Wired and Traveller among others) at an inflection point in its history. A company modelled on a legacy, print business needed to transform itself into a series of multi-channel media brands. To do so, required a mindset shift and a team with a new perspective and skillset. With the appointment of editors like Edward Enninful, the Editor of British Vogue, the company reimagined itself as a business defined, as much as anything else, by purpose and a new way of looking at things. Vogue was not only about fashion, but about inclusion: opening itself up to new voices, new faces, new points of view – as a result, drawing in a whole new audience and set of advertisers across its platforms.
This shift that set a new zeitgeist, with a new cultural positioning, has resulted in one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.
Albert has also launched the iconic Condé Nast brands in China, India and the Middle East – and, on the quest for continual growth, in a business challenged by structural change, he has taken the brands in unexpected new directions.
Albert is now an entrepreneur, a speaker and an author. His book, The Imagination Muscle (Little, Brown, 2023), highlights the supreme importance of creativity in business, science and the arts. It is described by The Economist as ‘a beautifully written meditation’ and by The Spectator as ‘brimming with big ideas’ and ‘an extraordinary book’.
Albert’s philosophy is to never stand still, to anticipate change, to create within your organisation an expectation of ideas and an atmosphere of psychological safety where these ideas can flow freely. If, as a leader, you can tap into your own imaginative potential and that of your teams, the possibilities are limitless.
Albert studied Classics at Oxford University and has an MBA from INSEAD.
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Albert Read's 2023 speaking fees
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