Irish journalist Samantha Barry has been appointed editor-in-chief of one of Condé Nast’s leading titles, Glamour Magazine.

The Cork-born journalist will be the eighth editor of the magazine which is one of the biggest fashion and beauty media brands in the world, attracting more than 15 million consumers across social, 10 million in print, and 7 million digital each month.

Barry’s background is mostly in digital media, most recently as Head of Social Media and Emerging Media at CNN where she led the social teams and developed strategy for editorial teams working across publishing, news-gathering, digital and TV.

She previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and BBC World News, as well as RTÉ and Newstalk.

Speaking about her appointment Barry said: "I am as humbled by Glamour’s past as I am excited about Glamour’s future"

"I could not be more proud to take the reins of an iconic women’s brand at this pivotal moment for all women’s voices.

"For me, Glamour is the home of strong storytellers, insightful journalism, beauty and fashion. I look forward to building on the brand’s success, and sharing Glamour with audiences everywhere."

Condé Nast’s artistic director, Anna Wintour, said in a statement that Barry was "fearless like so many leaders of the moment.

"Sam is Glamour’s first digital-native editor, which is to say she arrives from the future rather than the past," said Wintour.

"As an editor she has led all manner of news coverage from the 2016 presidential election and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting to the love story voice mails and the 2018 New Years Eve festivities.

"Sam understands social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting; a way to support social conversation and the ever-changing contours of what’s cool."

Barry will replace Cindi Leive as editor-in-chief, with Leive having served for 16 years.