Publisher Lynda Hammes Named One of Top 100 Media Innovators by FOLIO:

Foreign Affairs Publisher Lynda Hammes was recognized on October 21st as part of the FOLIO: 100, an honor acknowledging the most influential media professionals of the year. Hammes received the award for the second consecutive year and will be featured in a forthcoming issue of FOLIO: magazine.

She joins fellow honorees Ezra Klein, editor-in-chief of Vox; Susan Glasser and Jim VandeHei, editor and chief executive officer of Politico, respectively; Shane Smith, chief executive officer of Vice Media; Pierre Omidyar, founder of First Look Media, Inc., and others.

Hammes, thirty-seven, is being recognized in the "Revenue Generator" category, joining honorees Greg Coleman, president of Buzzfeed; Hayley Romer, vice president and publisher of The Atlantic; Jed Hartman, group publisher of Time, Fortune and Money; and Mark Howard, chief revenue officer of Forbes. Under Hammes's leadership, the magazine has reached an all-time high circulation of 170,304 with an additional paid audience of 12,000 on ereader devices. Since she was named publisher in June of 2012, Foreign Affairs’ audited subscriptions have increased by 15 percent, even as the average annual subscription price increased by 10 percent, as reported by the Alliance for Audited Media. In a time when publications have been struggling, Foreign Affairs print advertising revenues have increased more than 14 percent and digital advertising has seen an increase of 47 percent.

During Hammes’s tenure, Foreign Affairs has launched an event series, introduced several mobile products, redesigned the print magazine, and started marketing new products such as ebooks and audiovisual content.

Hammes received the award at a ceremony at the Marriot Marquis hotel in New York City.

"It is an honor and a great motivator to be included in the FOLIO: 100," said Hammes. "Now, more than ever, is the time for Foreign Affairs. There is so much more our team has to do in order to seize this opportunity for growth and change."

For more, Hammes and a few other FOLIO: 100 honorees also participated in a roundtable discussion on emerging trends in media, which is available to read here.

About Foreign Affairs:
Foreign Affairs has an AAM audited circulation of 170,304 subscribers and newsstand buyers. Foreign Affairs reaches an additional paying non-audited audience of 12,000 on ereaders through partnerships with Amazon and other vendors. reaches another 900,000 monthly unique visitors.

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy through the free exchange of ideas. 

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