Jeremy Langmead is now chief content officer at the world's largest auction house Christie's. Founded in 1766, the auction house's sales for 2013 exceeded £4.5 billion, representing the highest total for a corresponding period in art market history. Langmead joined Christie's in 2014, to develop editorial content across the marketing, communications, e-commerce and digital departments.
Previously Langmead was editor-in-chief of Mr Porter, a subsidiary of Net-a-Porter, responsible for the editorial content of the e-tailer, which stocks 170 designers, including Givenchy, Gucci, Lanvin, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, and publishes a weekly online magazine, entitled The Journal.
As its launch editor, Mr Porter was very much Langmead’s publication. “I had to sort of fill in the blanks," he told press, "create the voice and tone and creating a team – which has been very lucky because you don’t often get to do that.” Langmead was part of an exodus of editors, who left traditional publications to enter the digital sphere.
Surprisingly, given the worldwide success of Mr Porter, its previous editor-in-chief had never worked in the digital market, prior to his appointment in 2010. Immediately before Mr Porter Langmead was editor-in-chief of Esquire, from 2007 – 2010, and interiors magazine Wallpaper from 2003 - 2007.
Langmead learnt his trade in newspapers however, “I started off in newspapers, when we still had to change words on the stone before it went to press and as a sub editor, you had to measure the copy to cut it to fit the page and count the letters in a headline to make sure it fitted in the gap.” Langmead would rise through the News International ranks to edit and establish The Sunday Times Style supplement for six years, before becoming the life and style editor of The Evening Standard in 2002.
Langmead was educated at Central St Martins and has two sons with India Knight.