Kilian Schalk


An expert in workflow design and “an energetic, passionate devotee of continuous improvement”, Kilian Schalk founded PurpleGray in New York City in 2014 to create an alternative to the fear-based stagnation that can be so prevalent in publishing. He firmly believes (and plans to share evidence) that secure employment and employee-centered collaboration can work miracles in a multi-channel environment… not least for the business strategy it supports.

Most recently he was the architect and leader of the 2015-17 ‘Moonshot’ effort to transform America Magazine into America Media, successfully positioning one of the oldest periodicals in the United States to ‘lead the conversation about faith and culture’. He also guided as well as created the blueprint for the 2018 overhaul of Vanity Fair’s workflow.

In helping clients large and small re-think and re-invent how they produce (multi-channel) content, Kilian makes a point of training trainers to keep the change process going.

Before PurpleGray, as Managing Editor for Editorial Development at Condé Nast, he helped define and implement cultural change across eighteen titles. Prior to that he spent eleven years as Technical Director of Digital Projects for the New Yorker, where he was integral to the launch of the magazine’s website, digital archive, and kindle, nook, audible.com and iPad editions. Kilian was also the youngest Production Manager in Rolling Stone history, began his publishing career in Prague, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vassar College. He is a citizen of the United States and France.

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