GLAAD announces selection of new President and CEO

NEW YORK — The National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media advocacy organization, on Monday announced the selection of Sarah Kate Ellis as the organization’s new CEO and president following a nationwide search.

Sarah Kate Ellis
Sarah Kate Ellis

Ellis is an award-winning media executive, outspoken advocate for LGBT equality and salient communications strategist who has led national media brands to their biggest successes, most notably growing Real Simple into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines, according to a GLAAD statement.

“Her vision has transformed and energized leading media outlets including Vogue, InStyle, New York, and House & Garden. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media, a digital firm specializing in online branding, public relations and marketing. She has earned seven MIN Awards for marketing innovation, two President’s Awards, and MIN’s Sales Executive Team of the Year award in 2012,” said GLAAD.

In 2011, Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled “Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made,” released by Simon & Schuster.

The autobiography chronicled their simultaneous pregnancies and road to motherhood. The two are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and were featured on the groundbreaking “Gay Marriage Already Won” cover of Time Magazine. They were also profiled in a special New York Times Style section devoted to marriage equality on the day it became legal in New York State.

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“Sarah Kate is a new kind of leader, one that will take the LGBT movement into the next decade and beyond,” said Jenny Boylan, National Co-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Search Committee. “Her history as a brilliant, articulate, and proudly out media executive makes her an ideal fit to lead GLAAD.”

Ellis will begin her role in January 2014. She will be based in GLAAD’s New York City office.

Ellis replaces Herndon Graddick, who abruptly resigned from GLAAD in May, barely one year after after taking the helm at GLAAD.

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