永怀Si Newhouse

对这份杂志的读者们以及它的发行公司Condé Nast,这是令人哀伤的一天,我们的创办人,带领Condé Nast超过半世纪的Si Newhouse已在纽约病逝。


Si Newhouse

Condé Nast是创办人20世纪初成立公司时取的名字,但我们也可以将它改名为Si Newhouse Company,Condé Nast成立之初是家小企业,发行数本杂志(四本在美国,二本在英国,二本在法国 ),随着报导质量领先群伦,影响力达到新高峰,公司也大幅扩张。

Si Newhouse创造的无数成就,很难完整道尽,他为Vogue注入新的活力,使它成为全球的领导者,以及全世界最有影响力的杂志品牌。他让Vanity Fair改头换面,成为令人惊艳的刊物,他挽救经营走下坡的The New Yorker周刊,他并购Gentlemen’s Quarterly(GQ),使它成为市场的领头羊,他创办或并购在保健、旅游、建筑、美容及体育等领域杰出的杂志刊物,他在全球各地扩展Condé Nast的出版事业版图,从6个国家增加到30个国家,旗下有超过140家杂志及100个网站。 


Si Newhouse and Victoria Newhouse

Si Newhouse and Donald Newhouse

每个人都称呼他Si,终其一生,他持续不断并全心专注创造最优质的新闻产品,根据这个愿景,加上精准的商业判断,耐心及勇气,Condé Nast在业界取得领先地位,受到记者、主编及摄影的景仰,以及数百万名读者的感谢,即使读者们并不知道他们手中所拿的闪亮杂志背后的那位灵魂人物是谁。

Jonathan Newhouse and Si Newhouse 



Si Newhouse and Donald Newhouse

Samuel I. and Mitzi E. Newhouse


我可以(但不计划)写一本有关Si的书以及他所创造的成就,但我将分享一段往事。1981年初我们在他的办公室共进午餐(当时我是28岁的实习生),他告诉我1914年到1936年Condé Nast如何经营出版Vanity Fair, 因为受到美国经济大萧条冲击而停刊。他说,「将Vanity Fair带回来,一直是我们公司的梦想」,他用的就是「梦想」这个字,这也是当时的真实情况!在商业计划,营销策略、任务说明之前,先有的是….梦想,Si Newhouse是个梦想家,他让那些梦想成真。

Si Newhouse and Muccia Prada

Si Newhouse and Franca Sozzani

Si Newhouse and Victoria Newhouse

当你问时下的年轻人未来想做什么,他们常回答说,「我要改变这个世界」,过去世代的年轻人并没有同样的自信和野心,Si Newhouse成长过程中并没有想要或预期改变这个世界,但是他做到了,你正在阅读的这些字即是明证。

Condé Nast的同仁非常骄傲在这个Si Newhouse创立的企业工作,我们将会继续他倾其一生创造的成就来悼念他—为你们提供最优质的报导。

Jonathan Newhouse

Remembering Si Newhouse

It is a sad day for readers of this magazine and the staff of the company which publishes it, Condé Nast. Si Newhouse, the man who built the company and directed it for more than 50 years, has died in New York after a long illness.

The company Condé Nast was named after its founder who started the publishing house in the early part of the twentieth century -- but it could easily be renamed the Si Newhouse Company. He started with a small enterprise which produced a few magazines (four in the US, two in Britain and two in France) and vastly expanded it while attaining new heights of publishing excellence and influence. His accomplishments are too many to list in their entirety. He reinvigorated Vogue, establishing it as the world leader and the most influential magazine brand in the world. He revived Vanity Fair,which became a powerful publishing phenomenon. He rescued a fading weekly, The New Yorker. He acquired Gentlemen's Quarterly, (GQ) which became the market leader. He launched or acquired leading titles in the fields of health, travel, architecture, beauty and sport. And he expanded the organisation's publishing activities around the world, growing from six countries to thirty and more than 140 magazines and 100 websites.

Toward the end of his career as digital media came to the fore, he focused on this too, reinventing the magazine brands in digital form while maintaining the highest standards of editorial quality.

Si, as everyone called him, devoted himself incessantly and single-mindedly to producing the best journalistic products. And it was this vision, coupled with commercial acumen, patience and courage, which earned Condé Nast its leadership position in the industry and the admiration of writers, editors and photographers along with the gratitude of millions of readers, even if they didn't know who was behind the shiny magazine they held in their hands.

I had the joy and honour of working for him and with him for 36 years. As he and I share the same last name, many people assumed he was my father or my uncle. He was actually a much older first cousin; however, our relationship was something like uncle and nephew, mentor and protégé and finally, two devoted friends. He taught me most of what I know about business and a lot of what I know about life, and I loved him.

As a person he was unassuming, soft-spoken and had a sense of irony, including an ability to laugh at himself. He was always fair in dealing with people. He rarely lost his cool and never raised his voice. He treated everyone, from the highest ranking person to the lowest, with courtesy. He paid attention. In the days before the word became trendy, he was "mindful.". He had a keen sense of aesthetics, especially visual, and became a renowned art collector. And as if he possessed an inner Google map, he had an uncanny sense of physical space; while walking in an unfamiliar city of an office labyrinth he never got lost.

For those of us living and working in Europe, the highlight of the year was a warm week in May when Si would tour the Western European offices, starting in Paris on a Monday and moving on through Munich, Milan and Madrid before finishing in London. It was an intense week when I accompanied him from morning to night. Si met with executives and editors as we discussed, debated, speculated, analysed and traded information. He would enter the offices in a baggy, rumpled suit, looking more like a university lecturer than a CEO. He never referred to a budget or brandished a spreadsheet or statistics. But his penetrating mind observed everything, and his continual questions and comments tested and stimulated his listeners. In the end, the process made us better professionals and even more inspired.

I could (but won't) write a book about him and what he achieved. I will, however, share a memory. In early 1981 we had lunch in his office (I was a 28 year old trainee) and he told me about how Vanity Fair had been published by Condé Nast from 1914 to 1936, closing down in the depths of The Great Depression. He said, "It has always been the dream of this company to bring back Vanity Fair." That was the word he used -- dream. That's how it was in those days! Before there was a business plan, a marketing strategy, a mission statement, there was....a dream. Si Newhouse was a dreamer, and he made those dreams a reality.

Today when young people are asked what they want to do with their lives, they often respond, "I want to change the world." Young people growing up in an earlier time did not express the same self-confidence and ambition. Si Newhouse didn't grow up wanting or expecting to change the world. But he did. And the proof of it is the words you are reading right now.

We at Condé Nast who work with pride in the organisation he built will honour his memory by carrying on the achievement to which he dedicated his life -- producing the very best for you.

Jonathan Newhouse London
1st October 2017 


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