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Joanna Coles Named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan

Joanna Coles has been named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. Coles comes to Cosmo from Marie Claire, where she served the same role since 2006. Coles is succeeding Kate White, who — according to a Hearst release — has decided to “shift focus” to her writing and speaking endeavors. White will be staying on as an advisor to Hearst.

“Joanna has done an incredible job at Marie Claire over the past six years,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines. “Her great success in television and social media, her sharp instinct about women and what they want, and her experience working on a global brand make her an ideal choice for the editor role at Cosmo.”

Of White’s departure, Carey added, “She leaves big shoes — or should I say stilettos — to fill and we have no doubt she’ll continue to reach bestseller status in her post-Cosmo career.”

Coles begins at Cosmo September 10.

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