Natalie Nougayrède has been elected as the first editorial director at Le Monde, France’s go-to news journal. She succeeds Eric Izraelewicz, who succumbed to a fatal heart attack in November of 2012.
She won 80% of the votes, which was more than enough to get the position. While Nougayrède has never before had a major managing position at the paper, she has been with the paper since 1996 and won the Prince Albert award for her journalism in 2005. She also did work in the Ukraine and Russia and returned to France to run the international section of Le Monde.
Nougayrède enters the job of editorial director at a trying time for Le Monde– viewership of the Le Monde website continues to rise while subscription levels decline. She has told the staff of the newspaper that the transition into the digital age will be tough, but asks the staff to confront it with confidence.