Cosmo editor Keshnee Kemp to take helm at WHO Magazine

Editor of Bauer Media’s Cosmopolitan Keshnee Kemp is jumping ship to Pacific Magazines, to take up the helm at WHO magazine.

Kemp was appointed editor of Cosmpolitan just over a year ago, replacing Claire Askew, who left the title to spend time with her family.

Kemp became editor of Cosmo in April last yaer

Following her appointment, Kemp became focused on reinvigorating the brand and commenced a magazine refresh. The new magazine featured a ‘How To’ beauty section and travel section, and was looking to include more male voices.

Prior to her role at Cosmo, Kemp held roles including editor in chief of axed publication Famous, and chief of staff – mornings at Nine.

In her new role at WHO, Kemp will work as editor and content director, reporting to editorial director for New Idea and WHO, Emma Nolan. Nolan joined Pacific Magazines from Bauer Media in September last year, after 15 years as editor of TV Week. 

Three weeks ago, Nolan was promoted to the role of editor in chief at New Idea.

Louisa Hatfield, general manager, family and entertainment, said Kemp was one of the industry’s “young stars”.

“She has quickly risen through the ranks, with great ideation, proven multi platform content creation abilities and both a strong editorial and commercial track record. It’s a huge win for us and her incredible drive, passion and millennial audience expertise will be a fantastic asset to Pacific,” said Hatfield.

Nolan said she couldn’t wait to have Kemp on the team: “Keshnee’s energy, drive, commercial nous and reputation for driving big ideas are well renowned. We can’t wait to have her on board.”

Kemp added the opportunity to work as both editor and content director at WHO was “too hard to refuse”.

“The brand has exciting plans for the future and I look forward to playing a key role in its growth and future direction.”

Kemp will commence her new role on June 4.

Bauer Media has been approached for comment.


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