Lavinel Savu

Senior Consulting Editor, Board of Advisors
New York City

Lavinel Savu is a media executive, strategist and academic with 28+ years of experience successfully managing complex multi-platform media operations at the intersection of content, commerce and celebrity.

His corporate experience includes executive management roles at leading media companies (Meredith, Time Inc., Hearst), launching, directing and scaling highly profitable, category-defining brands, including InStyle, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine.

He has specific expertise driving growth, innovation, efficiencies and collaboration across brand portfolios — and overseeing business and talent development, DEI strategies, multimillion-dollar operating budgets, revenue-driving partnerships and global licensing deals.

A native New Yorker, Lavinel studied French at Columbia University and earned both his M.S. in Publishing and M.B.A. in Marketing from New York University, where he teaches graduate courses in media management, finance and leadership.  He lives in Manhattan with his partner and three daughters.

I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.
Henry R. Luce

Executive Managing Editor

InStyle + Real Simple, Meredith

2000 – present

Founding Managing Editor

O, The Oprah Magazine, Hearst/Harpo

2019 – 2000

Assistant Professor

Center for Publishing, New York University

2002 – present


Stern School of Business, New York University

M.B.A., Marketing

School of Professional Studies, New York University

M.S., Publishing

Columbia University

A.B., French Language and Literature

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