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Jennifer Hicks Joins Condé Nast Traveler

Jennifer Hicks has been named associate publisher, sales, of Condé Nast Traveler. Hicks comes to the magazine from The New Republic, where she had served as VP of advertising for the past two years. Prior to joining TNR, Hicks served as group publisher of Smithsonian and publisher of Modern Bride. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Hicks to Condé Nast Traveler,” said Bill Wackermann, Traveler’s executive VP and publishing director, in a statement. “Her deep understanding of both print and digital, combined with her ingenuity at developing integrated programs that include native content, video, custom content, and events, as well as her years of management experience, make her a great asset to our executive team.”

Hicks’ appointment is effective June 23.

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Connie Anne Phillips Returns to Condé as VP, Publisher of Glamour

Well what do you know, the rumors were true: Connie Anne Phillips is indeed returning to Condé Nast. Phillips has been named vice president and publisher of Glamour. Phillips was InStyle’s publisher for four years, but spent 14 years at Vogue.

Phillips will replace Bill Wackermann, who is headed to Condé Nast Traveler, where he’ll serve as executive vice president and publishing director. That’s a reunion as well, as Wackerman once served as Traveler’s associate publisher.

Charles Townsend, CEO of Condé, was excited about Phillips’ return to the company. In a statement, he said “With Connie Anne and editor-in-chief Cindi Leive at the helm, Glamour will be unstoppable.” Well damn.

Phillips and Wackermann’s appointments are both effective July 8.

Connie Anne Phillips Might Return to Condé Nast

Let’s start things off today with a good old fashioned media rumor. Media rumors are different than say, those about celebrities or politics, because media rumors involve just as much speculation, but they’re about someone/something that 97.3 percent of the world doesn’t give a shit about. But hey, we’re a media blog, so here we go: WWD is reporting that Connie Anne Phillips — the former Vogue veteran — might return to Condé Nast.

Apparently Phillips is considering going back because she’s uncertain about the direction of Time Inc., as it prepares to be spun off from Time Warner. The chatter has Phillips, most recently the publisher of InStyle, likely landing at Glamour. In this scenario, Bill Wackermann would be shuffled to some sort of marketing services role.

The main obstacle to Phillips’ return to Condé (if it’s even true that she wants to go back) is her contract with Time Inc., which prohibits her from signing with a competitor for an unknown period. But please, don’t let this stop the rumors.

Jason Wagenheim Out as Glamour Publisher After Only Three Months

Jason Wagenheim just moved from Entertainment Weekly to Glamour in early September, but now, according to Ad Age, he’s already outBill Wackermann, the former Publisher of Glamour and current Executive Vice President and Publishing Director, is assuming control of the title in Wagenheim’s absence.

No reasons were given for the quick move for Wagenheim, but Ad Age has some theories:

Mr. Wackermann, a hands-on executive who was successful in his run as publisher as Glamour’s publisher, may not have stepped back as Mr. Wagenheim expected, people familiar with the situation said. But Conde may also have changed its mind and decided it didn’t want Mr. Wackermann distanced from the business he ran well for many years.

We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.

Details Fills Gap Left by Paul Jowdy

According to Adweek, Bill Wackermann has promoted David Hamilton to fill the loss of Paul Jowdy at Details. Hamilton was previously Associate Publisher, and he will now be Senior Executive Director.

Taking Hamilton’s spot as Associate Publisher is Chris Cormier, who previously worked at Glamour.

A New Direction for Bon Appétit?

The food magazine business has seen great success lately, as celebrity food lovers and chefs grace the covers, and shows tied to magazines, like Bravo’s Top Chef’s association with Food & Wine, become ever more popular.

But Bon Appétit was down 27 percent during the last six months of 2010 at the newsstand.

Adam Rapoport, new editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit, formerly of GQ, tells WWD that while the magazine has a 1.5 million circulation, “we should be selling more on the newsstand and making it pop more.”

We may be seeing a higher profile for Bon Appétit in the near future. Rapoport said publishing director Bill Wackermann is exploring TV opportunities for the magazine, and the New York Post reported that Gwyneth Paltrow will be on the cover of the next issue, no doubt as part of her plan for food magazine industry (and eventually world?) domination.

Tough Words From Bill Wackermann

Yesterday Bill Wackermann, Publishing Director for Condé Nast, gave a lecture to students at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He discussed his career path – one that took him from teaching high school kids to becoming the youngest publisher in Condé Nast’s history at 31 years-old – and expressed nothing but confidence in the company’s magazines.

WWD reports that Wackermann said when money comes in, it originates from the print side, explaining, “There’s big money at those big brands — these are $300 million businesses and you’re talking about selling 4,000 apps for $2?”

Never one to lack for confidence, Wackermann then said that no matter what, Condé Nast will ultimately succeed in the tablet world:

It took us a while to figure out what the business should look like on the Web, but we won’t make that mistake on the iPad. Consumers will pay for this technology. I don’t care if we only sell 5,000 apps. You’re going to pay for it.

Every single person working below Wackermann at Condé Nast is hoping that he’s right.

Adam Rapoport Heading To Bon Appetit

WWD is reporting that Adam Rapoport, GQ‘s style editor, is heading to Bon Appetit as editor in chief next week, taking over for Barbara Fairchild.

Bon Appetit saw another major change just yesterday when it was announced that Carol Smith was leaving her post as publisher for Condé Nast’s food group, which includes Bon Appetit, and that Bill Wackermann would be assuming responsibilities for the group’s titles, which also includes the Gourmet brand.

Carol Smith Out As Publishing Director For Condé Nast’s Food Group

Earlier today, New York Times writer Jeremy W. Peters revealed via Twitter that Carol Smith is out as the publishing director of Condé Nast’s food group. Bill Wackermann has been promoted to executive vice president, publishing director of Glamour, Brides, W, and Details and will assume additional business responsibilities for Bon Appétit and the Gourmet brand. He was formerly Condé Nast’s publishing director for W, Glamour, Brides and Details.

His first order of business has been naming Paul Jowdy vice president and publisher of Bon Appétit and the Gourmet brand. Jowdy has held this position before, prior to becoming senior executive director under Smith.

Smith had jumped ship to Condé Nast from Elle — where she had worked as the title’s senior vice president and chief brand officer — fairly recently, in April of this year.

Marie Claire Publisher Plagemann Jumps To Vogue, Florio’s Role Expanded

vogue cover.jpgThe latest Condé Nast restructuring news comes to the top of one of the company’s highest profile pubs.

Susan Plagemann, the publisher at Hearst’s Marie Claire since 2004, has been named the newest publisher at Vogue, effective January 4.

Although she started her career at Condé Nast in the advertising department at Mademoiselle, Plagemann has spent most of her career at Hearst, working for Esquire, Cosmopolitan, the now-defunct Lifetime and then Marie Claire.

Plagemann will report to Thomas Florio, who formerly held the role of publisher at Vogue. His role has now been expanded to oversee Vogue and Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler.

As The New York Observer reports, this seems to be part of Condé Nast’s McKinsey-ordered plan to create a more clearly defined reporting structure for publishers, through the creation of “super publishers” that now include Florio, Bill Wackermann (who now oversees Glamour, Details and Brides), Richard Beckman (Fairchild Group and W) and David Carey (Wired, The New Yorker and the golf group).

Full release about Plagemann, after the jump

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