October 5, 2015 Last Updated 9:10 am

Wolfgang Blau leaves Guardian for Condé Nast International

Blau will assume the role of chief digital officer at the publisher of Vogue, Wired and other titles, beginning on December 1

The Guardian is losing their director of digital strategy, Wolfgang Blau. Blau is joining Condé Nast International as chief digital officer beginning December 1.

Prior to joining the Guardian, Blau worked five years as editor of Zeit Online, the website for Germany’s national weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

“Wolfgang brings a commitment to journalistic excellence, a deep knowledge of all things digital and international scope to the position,” said Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast’s chief executive. “He is the ideal person take on this hugely important role.”

Blau was up for the position of Guardian editor, along with Janine Gibson, a job that went to Katharine Viner. Gibson is now at BuzzFeed UK. In his statement for the staff ballot, Blau wrote I want to acknowledge the obvious: I am not a woman and I have not grown up in the United Kingdom.”

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