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Deborah Burns Makes Her Exit From HFMUS

After 26 years at the NYC-based magazine publisher, Deborah Burns has been shown the door at Hachette Filpacchi Media U.S. Burns had served as SVP for the now shuttered Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor.  According to a Mediaweek report, former HFMUS CEO Alain Lemarchand created an SVP and chief innovation officer position for Burns and tasked her with discovering new revenue sources.  Just months after replacing Lemarchand in September, Steve Parr has now dismissed Burns and rid the company of her position.

Burns will be joined by Hachette’s digital chief Todd Anderman who is leaving to become chief media and revenue office at mobile advertising company Jumptap.  Both former HFMUS staffers are set to depart from the company in January.

Although it may not have been in the manner that she prefers, Burns may be getting an early jump from a sinking ship.  Hachette is rumored to be in talks with Hearst Corp. in an effort to sell the company in a deal that would prompt further executive changes.  Lagardère Active, HFMUS’S French parent company, has been trying to cut costs and is searching for buyers interested in their media properties outside of France.

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Breaking: Hachette Shutters Metropolitan Home

methome119.jpgMetropolitan Home‘s December 2009 issue will be its last. Met Home‘s editor-in-chief Donna Warner and her staff will be leaving the company.

Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. announced it will cease publication of the shelter magazine and focus its energy in the category solely on Elle Decor. President and CEO Alain Lemarchand said, “It is with a feeling of sadness that I make the announcement to close one of our magazines. However, we believe the best strategy in the upscale shelter segment is to boldly focus our resources and investment on Elle Decor, which is the ad-page leader within the U.S. market.”

Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor had comprised HFM U.S.’s Luxury Design Group led by Deborah Burns, who will remain with the company. As a result of the closure, Elle Decor will now become part of the ELLE Group.

Full press release, after the jump.

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Hachette’s Cycle World Reorganizes Management Team

cycle world.jpgHachette Filipacchi-owned Cycle World Brand Group today announced a reorganization that would create a more brand-centric team.

Under the reorganization, Chief Brand Officer and SVP Larry Little promoted Executive Editor Mark Hoyer to the position of VP, brand content and editor-in-chief of Cycle World. The publication’s current editor-in-chief, David Edwards, is leaving Hachette.

National Advertising Director Paul LaBella has also been promoted to VP, brand publisher and Marketing Director Corey Eastman is now VP, brand development.

The moves are the latest in President & CEO Alain Lemarchand‘s plan to reorganize the company into brands led by Chief Brand Officers. He has already implemented similar changes at Hachette’s women’s titles, shelter group and automotive pubs.

Cycle World also announced some improvements, like expanded Web site features and better paper stock.

Full release after the jump

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Bonnier Picks Up Five Hachette Titles

photo.png Bonnier Corp. announced this morning that it has acquired five Hachette Filipacchi enthusiast titles: Popular Photography, Flying, Boating, Sound & Vision and American Photo. The deal, which we had previously reported was in the works, closed yesterday. In addition to the print magazine properties, Bonnier also acquired all related Web sites, books, licensing agreements, videos and branded events.

This is Bonnier’s third recent acquisition. The company picked up Working Mother in September and Scuba Diving in December.

“These five titles from Hachette fit very well within our growth strategy of adding brands that serve markets with multimedia opportunities,” said Bonnier CEO Terry Snow.

Hachette’s president and CEO, Alain Lemarchand, said the divestiture would allow the company to focus on “our core areas of strength, including the women’s brands, the shelter category and our automotive category.”

Full release after the jump

Related: Hachette Dumps Men’s Enthusiast Group Publisher, Looks To Sell Titles

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Hachette Dumps Men’s Enthusiast Group Publisher, Looks To Sell Titles

matarazzo2.jpg Two months after restructuring its women’s titles, Hachette Filipacchi Media has started to expand its restructuring efforts to its men’s enthusiast titles. Yesterday, the company’s president and CEO Alain Lemarchand announced that 28-year veteran Nick Matarazzo, group publishing director of Hachette’s Men’s Enthusiast Network, would be leaving the company. An internal memo said that Matarazzo and Hachette “mutually agreed” to part ways and noted that his position will not be filled.

Matarazzo (left) oversaw titles such as Car and Driver, Road & Track, Cycle World, American Photo, Popular Photography, Boating, Flying and Sound & Vision. Anne Janas, senior vice president of corporate communications at Hachette, confirmed that the company is in discussions to sell a number of those titles — the photography books, Boating, Flying and Sound & Vision — but said Matarazzo’s departure did not necessarily mean that they were close to a deal. But we’re going to keep our eye on it.

As for the other titles in the M.E.N. group, Janas said Hachette “will continue to make changes [like the recent brand-centric restructuring at its women's titles] in order to best meet today’s market challenges.”

The full internal memo regarding Matarazzo’s exit, plus statements from Matarazzo and Lemarchand, after the jump.

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Kliger Out at Hachette Filipacchi?

ACF96gg0.jpgBack in June we reported that Jack Kliger was stepping down as CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media to be replaced by Alain Lemarchand. At the time Kliger announced he would move to chairman effective Sept 1. saying he intends “to concentrate on developing strategic relationships for the company.”

Well according to a note a tipster dropped in our box yesterday it looks like his chairmanship may be short-lived

Dear colleagues, To update you on my plans, I have agreed to stay with Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. until the end of 2008 in the role of Senior Advisor to the CEO. As you know, Alain Lemarchand has now joined us as President & CEO of HFM U.S., and I want to continue to do everything I can in the coming months to contribute to a smooth transition. Alain is a seasoned and intelligent professional who has been a trusted executive in the Lagardere Group for many years. These fine attributes will benefit the company in its continued development. I am proud of the high caliber team here, and I think that the excellence of your performance is reflected in the company’s outstanding products and reputation in the media community. Please join me in welcoming Alain Lemarchand and in giving him your full support. Jack Kliger