by Muthoni Kimani
February 12, 2021
Kenya’s Caroline Wanga has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essence Communications Inc, a company behind the iconic magazine Essence.
She will be in charge of Essence magazine, a publication that covers fashion, beauty, entertainment, culture and is written for African-American women. It is focused on merging content, community, and commerce to meet the evolving cult.
A statement released by the company said; “Caroline will work with team leads across the organization and run the day to day operations, as well as oversee the independent review process,”
The company inspires a global audience of more than 24 million through diverse storytelling. In July 2020, Wanga was appointed the interim CEO following the resignation of former CEO Richelieu Dennis, who also owns the organization. She served in the position until recently when she was named the CEO.
The Kenyan born CEO moved to Minnesota in the United States in 1988. On her website, Wanga describes herself as “a self-proclaimed cultural architect with a particular passion for constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing organizational culture.”
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HBCU Texas College and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker.
Wanga has been named Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and recognized as one of Savoy’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter.
Wanga was formerly a co-chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
As Essence CEO, she will be responsible for shaping the company’s future as the company looks to maximize opportunities in new media technologies.