GQ features editor Alex Bilmes has been appointed editor of NatMag-owned men’s monthly Esquire.
He replaces Jeremy Langmead who left Esquire in September to become editor-in-chief of mensear retail website Mr Porter.
NatMag chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said: “I am delighted to have appointed Alex to this new role.
“Not only does he have an innate understanding of what British men want, but we are confident he will bring fresh ideas, a competitive edge and huge opportunities for Esquire as we steer the brand towards a multi-platform future.
“The fact that we have appointed such an impressive talent is further testament to how highly regarded the Esquire brand is in the media industry.”
Bilmes said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed editor of Esquire, the original and the most iconic title in men’s magazines and the UK’s leading authority on men’s style and fashion.
“I look forward to building on Esquire’s recent successes and to consolidating its reputation for world-class journalism, photography, design and styling, as well as to leading the magazine’s march into the digital future.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for me and for the magazine. I can’t wait to get started.”
Sales of Esquire grew 10.3 per cent in the first half this year to an average of 58,151 a month.