Foreign Affairs magazine publisher Lynda Hammes was honored today as part of the FOLIO 100—the awards ceremony saluting the most influential media professionals of the year. It was the first time in the magazine’s history that a member of the masthead was selected for the honor.
She joins fellow honorees Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media; Andrew Sullivan, founder of The Dish; and others.
Hammes was recognized for leading the magazine to an all-time total circulation high of 180,000. Since she became publisher in June 2012, paid subscriptions increased by 16,117 (+13 percent) even as the average annual price increased by $1.80 (+6 percent), as reported by the Alliance for Audited Media. Foreign Affairs under Hammes’s leadership has also seen a year-to-date increase in ad pages of 32 percent, and an increase in year-over-year advertising revenue of 42 percent.
The thirty-six–year-old publisher also spearheaded a variety of initiatives, such as a print redesign featuring the first photographic cover in the magazine’s ninety-plus–year history, an iPad app with the print edition, new bimonthly content anthologies, and an event series with corporate partners.
Hammes received the award this morning at a ceremony at the Marriot Marquis hotel in New York City.
“It is an honor for both me and the magazine to be recognized in the industry, at such an exciting time of growth and innovation,” said Hammes.
She was selected as part of the “Director-Level Doers” category, joining such honorees as Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of TIME magazine; Bill Phillips, vice president and editor in chief of Men’s Health magazine; Betty Wong, editor in chief of Fitness magazine; and Troy Young, president of Hearst Digital Media.
Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations since 1922, is an independent magazine of analysis and commentary on foreign policy and international affairs. In recent biannual surveys, Foreign Affairs has been ranked among the top ten most influential media outlets by the independent research firm Erdos & Morgan.