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Posts Tagged ‘Bob Sauerberg’

Anna Wintour: Editor Assassin

Editors at underperforming Condé Nast magazines beware: Anna Wintour is coming for you. WWD reports that when Condé Nast Traveler staffers gathered to hear that Klara Glowczewska — the longtime editor of the magazine — had been fired, many noted Wintour’s presence in the room. Glowczewska was the second editor fired since Wintour was named artistic director, signaling that she’s not afraid to pull the trigger when people aren’t getting it done.

Thomas Wallace, Condé’s editorial director, was at the meeting as well. He said Glowczewska was fired because Traveler hadn’t recovered from the recession like other brands had, and that meant “Something needed to change.” Wintour was a pivotal part of that decision. “Anna’s not afraid to make changes,” a source told WWD. “She made [Charles Townsend and Bob Sauerberg] comfortable that it was OK, that she could find the right people to take over.”

Wintour signed off on Pilar Guzmán, who understands Wintour’s quickness with the ax. “Anna in her new role brings her incredible expertise, visual and editorial and incredible sensibility,” Guzmán said. That’s some incredibly smart ass kissing.

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Pilar Guzmán Named Editor of Condé Nast Traveler

Pilar Guzmán has been named editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. Guzmán comes to the magazine from Martha Stewart Living, where she had been VP and editor since 2011.

Prior to her time at Martha Stewart Living, Guzmán was the founding editor of Cookie. She has also worked at Real Simple and One. She began her career at the Daily News.

“We are so excited to welcome Pilar back to Condé Nast to run one of our most iconic brands,” said Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast. “With her charismatic style, digital savvy and exceptional taste, she has a unique sensibility for what resonates with audiences. We look forward to seeing her imprint on Condé Nast Traveler’s prized editorial content.”

Guzmán joins Traveler September 3. She is succeeding Klara Glowczewska, who is leaving Condé.

Louis Cona Promoted at Condé Nast Media Group

Louis Cona has been named president and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Media Group. Cona, who has been Condé Media Group since 2008, has been the company’s CMO since 2010.

“Lou’s idea-driven client approach is truly unique in the industry,” said Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast, in a statement. “His ability to create meaningful relationships to promote clients’ marketing objectives is unparalleled.”

Cona has also served as vice president and publisher of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Condé Nast Creates New Marketing Role

Condé Nast has named Gillian Gorman Round Senior Vice President, Brand Development, a newly created role at the company. Round most recently worked as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lancôme USA. In her new position, Round will team up with staffers from all departments at Condé Nast, with a focus on expanding overseas, creating e-commerce opportunities and more.

“Gillian is an experienced marketer with a successful track record of extending brands through revenue-growing platforms,” said Bob Sauerberg, President of Condé Nast. ”Her expertise in aligning consumer offerings with market positioning and business strategy is a great fit for our corporate vision and business objectives.”

Round begins at Condé Nast next month.

Tablet’s Future Excites Publishers

David Carey and Bob Sauerberg, the Presidents of Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast, respectively, are excited about tablets. And not because the devices allow them to watch their favorite Lady Gaga video or update their Tumblrs with inspirational quotes that annoy their followers.

Carey and Sauerberg are excited about tablets because of what lies ahead — heaps of money. Yesterday, while speaking at a magazine conference, the two men said that they expect tablets to provide significant revenue streams in the near future.

According to WWD, Carey said that Hearst should hit the $10 million mark from e-subscripitions as soon as next summer, while Sauerberg said Condé’s print and digital bundles will provide a $15 million revenue boost.

Not a bad start for companies that are just starting to figure out tablets and how readers interact with them.

Sarah Chubb Leaving Condé Nast

Peter Kafka is reporting that Sarah Chubb, President of Condé Nast Digital, is leaving the company after 20 years. Chubb is apparently moving on to pursue other opportunities. Bob Sauerberg commented on her departure in a company-wide memo:

After a wonderful 20-year career at Condé Nast, Sarah Chubb has decided it’s time to explore other opportunities. As we all know, there is a huge amount of energy and excitement in the digital world right now—and Sarah is interested in pursuing the next phase of her career.

Sarah has been a transformational force at Condé Nast and the media business as a whole. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Sarah for her many valuable contributions, congratulating her on her success and wishing her the best of luck as she moves ahead.

Sarah asked me to share her thoughts with you: ‘CN is the premier company in the industry and I have truly loved my job here. I am also tremendously proud of the contributions that my team and I have made to the Company. While the challenges of an exciting new world beckon me, I know that CN is set up exceptionally well for the future.’

In the coming weeks, we will name a successor to continue the outstanding work in digital growth and innovation.