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Anna Jones Named CEO of Hearst Magazines UK

Hearst has named Anna Jones the new CEO of Hearst Magazines UK. Jones most recently served as Hearst Magazine UK’s chief operating officer, a role she held since 2011. Prior to joining Hearst, Jones served as digital and strategy director at Hachette Filipacchi UK.

“Anna is a truly modern media executive,” Duncan Edwards, Hearst Magazine International’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “She understands what consumers want and knows how to help marketers achieve their goals. As CEO, she’ll increase the momentum of the last four years, during which this company has become the most advanced print and digital business in its sector.”

David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, said Hearst Magazines UK was “a vital part of our global portfolio,” and described Jones as “strategic and collaborative.”

Jones’ appointment is effective immediately. She reports to Edwards.

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Gary Ellis Named Chief Digital Officer of Hearst Magazines International

Hearst Magazines International has named Gary Ellis chief digital officer, a new role at the company. Ellis comes to the company from Viacom Media Networks, where he has been since 2003. During his time at Viacom, Ellis served as VP of international digital media and director of digital media, working with brands like MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and CMT.

“Gary is a forward-thinking, energetic leader with a proven track-record of growing audience and revenue through innovative content, products and partnerships,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. “He’s an expert at working across continents and cultures, and his talent and imagination will accelerate our digital initiatives around the world.”

Ellis will be based in New York and begins on March 3.

Hearst Magazines International Names East Asia Managing Director

Yves Bougon, CEO of Hearst Fujingaho (Japan), has been named managing director, East Asia, of Hearst Magazines International. He’ll continue as CEO of Hearst Fujingaho, a role he has held since 2011. Bougon will now oversee Hearst Magazines in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.

“Yves has launched and overseen the operation of a diverse range of print and digital businesses in Japan, including the September introduction of Harper’s BAZAAR and the e-commerce business, ELLEShop.jp,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO, Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. “As we pivot into new areas for growth, Yves will be focused on business development in East Asia. He has a strong management team in Tokyo, and I am pleased that he will share his expertise with the leaders of our companies and our partners in the region.”

Bougon will report to Edwards. His appointment is effective January 1.

Hearst International’s Arnaud de Puyfontaine Adds to Roles

Arnaud de Puyfontaine, CEO of Hearst Magazines UK and executive VP of Hearst Magazines International, is adding managing director, Western Europe to his roles. He will now oversee Hearst Magazine brands in Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany and France.

De Puyfontaine was named CEO of Hearst Magazines UK in 2009, and in 2011, tapped by Hearst Magazines International to be an executive VP. Prior to his time at Hearst, de Puyfontaine served as president and CEO of Mondadori France.

“Arnaud has done a great job in the UK during a time of transition, successfully growing the core business, integrating the brands acquired in 2011 from Hachette and accelerating our digital activities,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. ”He has a strong management team in London and I am pleased that he will share his expertise with the leaders of our companies and our partners in Western Europe.”

De Puyfontaine begins his new role September 1.

Publishers Love China

For publishers of fashion magazines, the odd spending habits of readers in China is a great thing. The New York Times reports that advertisers in China are busily pouring funds into titles like Vogue and Elle, forcing the former to add extra issues and the latter to split its monthly issues in two because they’re too thick.

The ad dollars are rolling in thanks to some curious (to us) spending habits of readers. Vogue runs about $3.15 in China, a hefty amount considering the average individual earns just $733 a month in Beijing. Duncan Edwards, president and chief executive of Hearst Magazines International, added that it was common for Chinese woman earning only $15,000 per year to spend $2,000 on a purse.

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Hearst Magazines International Names Licensing Exec

Gautam Ranji has been named senior vice president, licensing and business development, for Heart Magazines International (HMI), a division of Hearst Magazines. Ranji comes to HMI from Dun & Bradstreet, a marketing licensing firm, where he served as vice president of corporate development since 2010.

Prior to his time at Dun & Bradstreet Ranji worked at MTV Networks for four years, most recently as executive vice president, international strategy and operations.

“With his extensive experience in strategy and business development, particularly in the media and international sectors, Gautam will be a great asset to Hearst Magazines International as we continue to manage our partnerships and build our business across the globe,” said Duncan Edwards, HMI’s CEO. “I look forward to having him as part of my executive team.”

Hearst Taps Former BlogHer Exec as New Women’s Digital Ad Network Head

Gina Garrubbo has been named Senior Vice President of Hearst Magazines International’s (HMI) Global Women’s Digital Advertising Network.

Garrubbo was most recently a consultant, but from 2007 to 2011 she was Executive Vice President of BlogHer, a large community of blogs.

Duncan Edwards, HMI’s President and CEO said of Garrubbo, “Gina’s considerable experience and expertise in the digital content and advertising worlds will enable us to offer simultaneous execution of advertising across the world in a premium, scale environment. I’m very pleased to welcome her to our management team at Hearst Magazines International.”

Cosmopolitan To Roll Out Middle East Edition In March

After hitting newsstands in Mongolia last month, the Middle East appears to be Hearst’s next target for their 61st international edition of Cosmopolitan.  According to The New York Times Media Decoder blog, Hearst has partnered with Middle East-based ITP Consumer Publishing and will introduce the Cosmopolitan brand to the region in March.  The magazine will be printed in English and 15,000 launch issues will be distributed among Middle East readers.

President and CEO of Hearst Magazines International Duncan Edwards is confident in the company’s relationship with ITP:

We are pleased to be launching Cosmopolitan Middle East and believe it will resonate well with young women in the region.  As we have had success with ITP Consumer on the Middle East edition of Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire, we know that they are truly a best-in-class publishing partner.

Jimmy Buffett, Dr. Ruth and the Usual Suspects

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Those corporate bean counters that put a crimp in expense accounts all over town must be loosening up a bit, because it was SRO today at Michael’s. A slew of magazine folks (See, print isn’t dead after all!), media mavens and the requisite flock of social swans were packed into the dining room. Jimmy Buffett showed up half way through lunch, and the place was so crowded I couldn’t even make out where he landed.

I had a dishy lunch today with MarketWatch columnist Jon Friedman. (Sorry, but most of the good stuff was off the record). Jon, who has toiled for USA Today, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg, has been writing an online media column since 2005 that’s a must-read for the Michael’s crowd. These days he churns out an average of three columns a week. His recent piece on whether Brian Williams is the new Walter Cronkite generated plenty of buzz and sent HuffPost commenters into overdrive. Jon’s take: Williams is fascinating because, even after getting “the job of a lifetime,” he’s “the rarest case of success because he’s still ambitious.” We both agreed that Brian really came into his own once he loosened up a little off the set and let audiences in on his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating wit through appearances on The Tonight Show and SNL. “A classic!” says Jon.

Earlier this year, Jon launched a weekly online broadcast of Media Matters where he talks shop with media bigwigs. Hearst’s Cathie Black is scheduled for the June 21 broadcast. We’re tuning in.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer. (Jeff Greenfield was absent.) I stopped by their table to chat with the guys about the fun piece in the Times‘ Style section last week covering their legendary lunches in the dining room. “It was great,” said the good doctor, who emerged as the star of the piece with some nice plugs for his latest book, Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted. Give that publicist a raise!

2. Peter Brown

3. Nick Simuneck (Terry Allen Kramer‘s hubby, in case you didn’t know)

4. The New York Observer‘s Jared Kushner

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Hearst Promotes Sophia Stuart To Lead Digital For International Unit

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No doubt about it, Hearst Corp. has been busy hiring, promoting and bringing on new people. Abigail Pesta moved from deputy director to editor-at-large for Marie Claire last month, four executives joined the board of directors in October and former investment banker Mitchell Scherzer was appointed as a new VP and CFO of the company in early November.

So it’s no surprise that the company, which did make some cuts this year along with everyone else, is continuing to hire from within. Today, Hearst announced that Sophia Stuart — who most recently worked as executive director for mobile content for Hearst Magazines Digital Media — would be moving on up to executive director of digital content for Hearst Magazines International.

Says Stuart, “I have enjoyed my time working with Hearst’s domestic magazine brands on mobile expansion, and look forward to working with [HMI's president and CEO Duncan Edwards] and his team to bring new ideas and relationships to our many magazine partnerships internationally. There’s enormous potential in the digital space and I hope to be able to leverage those opportunities.”

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Hearst Names Investment Banker New CFO, We Hear: Layoffs at Good Housekeeping, Hearst To Cut Permalancers

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