The Village Voice, New York’s legendary newsweekly dedicated to passionate journalism, announced today that prominent publishing executive Suzan Gursoy has been named publisher. Gursoy, a seasoned media executive who recently served as publisher at Adweek, will report directly to Peter Barbey who acquired the company in October of 2015.
As publisher, Gursoy will oversee integrated sales, marketing, events, circulation and overall revenue for the company. With a solid track record of increasing revenue and brand awareness, Gursoy will spearhead relaunch strategy on the business side for the iconic brand. Gursoy brings publishing launch experience to her leadership capacity at The Village Voice, having served in pivotal roles at the launches of Conde Nast Sports for Women, Gear and Adweek magazines. A media industry veteran, Gursoy also held key managerial roles at marquis titles Women’s Wear Daily, Mademoiselle, Mirabella, Premiere and Bridal Guide magazines. She previously served as founder and chief executive officer of her own marketing company for over ten years and most recently held the title of chief strategy officer at the creative agency Watson&Company.
“Suzan is one of a very select group of people in publishing with the skills and experience to translate a vision into a sophisticated and sustainable business strategy,” said Barbey. “I’m looking forward to working with Suzan on creating the future for a publication that once helped invent and define an entirely new category of journalism and publishing.”
Founded in 1955 by a small group led by Norman Mailer, The Village Voice is the nation’s first alternative newsweekly. The winner of three Pulitzers, it built a reputation for itself as an aggressive interrogator of ‘the powers that be’ as well as a reliable resource for finding and promoting cutting edge arts and culture. Over the years it has been a home to a wide range of writers and artists, including e.e. Cummings, Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound and James Baldwin plus photographer Sylvia Plachy, cartoonist Lynda Barry, investigative journalists Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins, music writer Robert Christgau and film writer J. Hoberman among many others.
“I am thrilled to be joining The Village Voice at this precise moment in time, under the embrace of thoughtful and resourceful new ownership,” said Gursoy. “I relied upon this iconic brand for many years; to be granted the opportunity to lead its fresh, modern rendition on the business side is the most exciting challenge of my career.”
Over the past seven months, The Village Voice has rededicated itself to being an indispensable resource for progressive New Yorkers of all sorts. It has steadily increased distribution (110,000 and growing) and last week it officially upgraded its traditional paper stock from 27.7# newsprint to 35# bright white. The newsweekly will continue to roll out upgrades and redesigns this year that foreshadow an extensive relaunch slated for unveil in 2017.