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Alyson Shontell | USA | Breaking Barriers in Journalism & Business Leadership

Editor In Chief and CCO at Fortune

Syracuse University Newhouse Advisory Board | Former EIC @Business Insider


Alyson Shontell stands as a prominent figure in the realm of technology and business journalism, boasting a wealth of experience and a trailblazing career. As the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer at Fortune, she adds another significant chapter to her illustrious journey. Alyson was a pivotal part of the founding team of Business Insider, joining as the sixth employee. Her journey there shaped her into a seasoned startup reporter, providing her with a unique perspective on today's most valuable technology companies.


Alyson's journalistic prowess is evident in her features and investigations that have played a crucial role in documenting the histories of major technology companies such as Airbnb, Uber, Pinterest, Snap, Twitter, and Facebook. From government officials to Fortune 500 CEOs and celebrities, Alyson has conducted news-making interviews with some of the world's most powerful individuals. Her interviewees include the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates, LeBron James, and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.


Alyson's editorial leadership is marked by overseeing award-winning features recognized by Loeb, SABEW, and NY Press Club. She played a key role in Business Insider's subscription paywall launch, contributing to significant revenue generation. At the age of 30, Alyson became the youngest and only woman to run a global business publication. In 2021, she made history as Fortune's youngest editor and the first woman to helm the publication in its nearly 100-year history.


Alyson's influence extends globally as she directs global business coverage, leads a 200-person newsroom, and moderates panels at prestigious events like the World Economic Forum.


In her role as Editor-in-Chief at Fortune, Alyson continues to break barriers. Joining in October 2021, she brings her extensive experience to guide Fortune's editorial direction. Alyson's journey exemplifies resilience, innovation, and a commitment to pushing boundaries in the ever-evolving landscape of journalism and business.


Social Media Handles:

LinkedIn: Alyson Shontell

Instagram: @ashontell

Twitter: @Alson Shontell -@ajs

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