Jones starts as the news brand’s its next editor-in-chief, effective 5 June
Jones, who has been working with the Evening Standard as an editorial consultant since April, will lead its newsroom and oversee all aspects of its editorial output. He succeeds acting editor Jack Lefley, who has been promoted to managing editor.
Jones brings extensive experience from a celebrated journalistic career spanning four decades. As the editor of GQ magazine, a position he held for 22 years, he won the British Society of Magazine Editors ‘Editor of the Year’ award 11 times.
In 2013, he was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Boxer Award, awarded by the BSME for an outstanding contribution to magazine publishing in the UK; GQ won over 80 awards throughout his tenure.
Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Evening Standard at such an exciting time in its development. It is an iconic title with a brilliant team, and I’m looking forward to helping steer the brand into its next phase.”
Lord Evgeny Lebedev, proprietor of the Evening Standard, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dylan as our new editor. I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for his work and am excited to see his vision for London’s paper come to life as we begin a new and exciting chapter in the Evening Standard’s 200-year-old history.”
Jones joins at a time when the news brand is also expanding its reach through a growing live events programme, with a new exhibition arm engaging audiences through events such as SME XPO, which brought together thousands of entrepreneurs and business leaders at ExCel London last month.