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O Magazine Announces Three New Hires

O, The Oprah Magazine is shuffling the deck for a new look. The publication named a trio of appointments today. Kirby Rodriguez becomes design director, Leigh Haber is the books editor, and Jihan Thompson has been selected as health editor. Rodriguez and Thompson’s appointments are effective immediately, while Haber assumes her new role Monday.

Since March 2010, Rodriguez had been associate creative director of photography at Talbots. While there, Rodriguez speadheaded the brand’s first national print advertising campaigns. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2009, he was design director of Cookie, which was nominated for two American Society of Magazine Editors General Excellence Awards and two Society of Publication Designer’s Magazine of The Year Awards.

Earlier in his career, Rodriguez was art director at W Magazine.

Haber was most recently editor-at-large at Chronicle Books and consultant to the publishing-on-demand platform Blurb. She has held editorial roles at Scribner, Hyperion, and Rodale, acquiring and editing numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Al Gore’s iconic book on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth and the critically acclaimed novella by Steve Martin, Shopgirl.

Thompson joins O from Redbook, where she served as articles editor for the last two years. While at Redbook, she played an integral role in the magazine’s online video campaign “The Truth About Trying,” which focused on infertility and was a finalist for a 2012 Digital National Magazine Award. She also worked at Marie Claire, where she expanded the health coverage to include news-making features on birth control and breast cancer.

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