Wolfgang Blau

chief digital officer Condé Nast International

Wolfgang Blau is the Chief Digital Officer of Condé Nast International with responsibility for the digital growth of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired and other famous media brands in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at journalism conferences around the world. Prior to joining Condé Nast International, Wolfgang has been the Director of Digital Strategy for The Guardian, reporting directly to The Guardian's global Editor-in-Chief as well as to the CEO of Guardian News & Media and has been serving on the company's executive committee. He had the editorial lead for relaunching the websites and digital tools for the Guardian’s British, American and Australian operations which have won numerous awards since being launched. He initiated the Guardian’s new International edition and the Climate Publishers Network, a content sharing alliance of news organisations from more than 30 countries.

Before joining The Guardian, Wolfgang served for five years as Editor-in-Chief of Zeit Online, the sister publication of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit with its own digital newsroom in Berlin, overseeing the editorial teams as well as digital product development. During that time, the sites' audience more than quadrupled while his team won many of the most prestigious journalism and design awards and was the first German publication ever to win the American Online News Assocation's Online Journalism Awards for its data journalism. Wolfgang was named Germany's Chief Editor of the Year for his work at Zeit Online, this being the first time ever that this award had been given to the Chief Editor of digital-only news organisation.

From 1999 to 2007, Wolfgang worked as a technology and media reporter in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, writing and producing for Germany's national broadcaster ZDF and the nationwide daily DIE WELT. Wolfgang began his career in journalism as a young news anchor on Germany’s National Radio Network ARD.

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