Vice Media Group chief executive officer Nancy Dubuc is leaving the company after five years.
Dubuc joined Vice in 2018 from A+E Networks, where she was CEO. She succeeded Vice co-founder Shane Smith, who remained as the company’s executive chairman. A+E Networks and Vice came together in a joint venture to create the channel Viceland.
In an email to staff, Dubuc wrote: “I am proud to leave a Vice better than the one I joined. Together we racked up incredible wins while tackling unprecedented macroeconomic headwinds caused by the pandemic, the war in the Ukraine, and the economy all which forced us to pivot, refocus and pivot again. Despite all this the Vice, Vice Studios, Pulse, as well as Virtue, R29, i-D and Unbothered brands are strong.”
Dubuc’s departure comes as Vice explores a sale of the company. It has been in talks with potential buyers, including the Greek company Antenna.
“Nancy joined Vice at a pivotal time and put in place an exceptional team that has positioned the company for long-term success,” Vice’s board of directors said in a statement. “We thank Nancy for her many contributions and will soon announce new leadership to guide Vice forward into its next stage of growth and transformation.