Mr. Sami Sykkö has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of Gloria, Finland’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazine. Riitta Lindegren, who has headed the magazine since it was founded in 1987, will leave at the end of the year.
Sami Sykkö (39) has been a journalist with Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat, since 2001, where he has covered fashion, lifestyle, design, and architecture. Recently he has worked on the paper’s arts desk and has been responsible for major fashion and interior design features in its monthly magazine. Sami Sykkö is also well-known for his popular blog at hs.fi. He has also worked as a news reporter with the Nelonen television channel and as sub-editor for Glorian Koti.
Sami Sykkö is a Master of Economic Sciences by training and has also studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.
Sykkö will take up his new position on October 1, and the first issue of Gloria to be edited by him will be the January issue, due to appear on December 29.
“This is a unique opportunity for me, to edit one of the undisputed leading stars of the Finnish magazine world,” says Sami Sykkö. “Gloria has been a groundbreaking title over its 22-year history, opening up completely new avenues for Finnish magazine journalism. The magazine is in great shape, looks great, and it will be very exciting to lead it into the future.”
“Having been Gloria’s Editor-in-Chief since it was founded, it’s now time for me to move on,” says Riitta Lindegren. “Since its somewhat controversial launch, the magazine has grown into a family of four titles with close to 800,000 readers. With Sami at the helm, I believe Gloria can look forward to a new and successful decade in the 2010s.”
“Gloria’s Editor-in-Chief needs to be a bold innovator, just like the magazine itself. Sami Sykkö has built up a reputation as a wide-ranging journalist, and his expertise and contacts in the world of fashion and design – combined with the prominent role he has played representing Finnish fashion journalism in a number of arenas – have all impressed us very much,” says Raili Mäkinen, CEO of Sanoma Magazines Finland.
Raili Mäkinen, CEO, Sanoma Magazines Finland, tel. +358 (9) 120 5335
Riitta Lindegren, Executive Editor, Gloria Magazines, tel. +358 (9) 120 5433
Sami Sykkö, Editor-in-Chief, Gloria, tel. +358 (0)40 518 7333
Gloria is Finland’s leading fashion magazine and a premium lifestyle title, featuring the latest in fashion and cosmetics, quality coverage of the arts, in-depth interviews, and a delicious food section. Only the best is good enough in Gloria. The magazine has 297,000 readers (NRS Reader F08/S09) and a circulation of 57,371 (FBAC 2008), and is produced by Finland’s leading magazine publisher, Sanoma Magazines Finland.