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Condé Nast Digital GM Nadeau Joins Elle‘s Digital Group

Ted Nadeau.jpgTed Nadeau, the former senior VP and general manager of Condé Nast Digital, has joined rival publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media’s women’s mag Elle.

Nadeau has been named general manager of the Elle Digital Group, a newly created position, the magazine announced yesterday.

At Condé, Nadeau developed and published Web sites including Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, Style.com, Wired.com, NutritionData.com, Arstechnica and Reddit.com. Prior to Condé Nast, Nadeau worked as VP of product development for now-defunct city guide developer Vindigo.

Previously: Hachette Filipacchi Restructures Women’s Titles

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How To Lose Your Brand Identity And Influence Consumers: A Condé Story

vogue222.jpgAccording to an unnamed source at Condé Nast, today’s New York Observer reports, head-honcho Si Newhouse is “against anything that he feels takes the focus away from the printed magazine brand. That’s why he used to be so against digital.”

But today’s story wasn’t about how Newhouse has mended his ways to incorporate Condé Nast Digital into his magazines’ 10-year plan. Instead, the quote serves to reinforce how anti-Newhouse the idea of marketing the Condé brand for licensing purposes is. But it’s been a tough two years for the company and a lot of concessions have had to be made: we may not be so far off from a reality where Gourmet gets a second life in the form of cookbooks and baking supplies.

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Time Inc. Exec Departs For Career In Digital Media

bio_john_squires.jpgLast night The New York Observer broke the news that Time Inc. executive vice president John Squires is leaving the financially troubled institution to work on a new digital media project with some of the biggest titles in magazine publishing…including some of Time’s own.

According to the Observer:

“The company will prepare magazines that can work across multiple digital platforms, whether the iPhone, the BlackBerry or countless other digital devices. The company will not develop an e-book, but create something that people familiar with the plans compare to iTunes — a store where you can buy new and distinct iterations of The New Yorker or Time. Print magazines will also be for sale.”

This comes after weeks of bad news over at Time, which stopped the clock for buyouts last Wednesday and is expected to make further staff cuts this holiday season in order to make its goal of $100 million trimmed from its budget. It’s no secret that the magazine industry is hurting financially and is desperately drawing at straws on how to cash in on their Internet content, and Squires has always been forward thinking on that front. Why he would leave Time during such a turbulent period to work for a start-up that basically combines all the ailing titles’ online identities, including his own, is anyone’s guess. But we’re waiting with bated breath to see what happens when the already muddled Condé Nast Digital group teams up with Squires. Hey, it’s so crazy it just might work!

Read More: Time Inc.’s Squires Assembles Team of Rivals to Harness Digital Media

Previously: More on the Time Inc. Layoffs, Condé Nast Officially Announces Its Digital Magazine Initiative

(Photo via Time Inc.)