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Matt Lauer and Joan Rivers Do Christmas in January | Catching Up With Anne Fulenwider

Lunch At MichaelsIt must have been the summer-like temperatures (well, it was above freezing) that brought out plenty of media mavens (Frank Bennack, David Carey, Jack Kliger, Nancy Berger Cardone) and a heaping helping of  talking heads (Matt Lauer, Joan Rivers, Star Jones, Dan Abrams, Bill McCuddy) at Michael’s today. January is always an interesting month at 55th and Fifth. It’s the roller-coaster ride that starts off slow with the deadly quiet of the post-holiday doldrums and peaks during the pre-award show maelstrom (Yes, the Golden Globes were last weekend, but that’s just an excuse for celebrities to get together and drink champagne, resulting in the inevitable ’What the hell were they thinking moment?’” This year, that came courtesy of the clearly astonished winner Jacqueline Bisset). Everyone, it seemed, has hit their stride and with Fashion Week and the Olympics just weeks away, the cognoscenti are getting in their power lunches before departing for the gigs that keep the lights on around town.

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Diane Clehane and Anne Fulenwider

I was joined today by Marie Claire‘s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, fresh off a trip to Beverly Hills. There, she traded compliments with Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (“She was so unguarded and looked so happy with her award and new fiance Ben Foster“) and chatted with her December cover gal Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, at the magazine’s post-awards-show bash. The party was cohosted by The Weinstein Company and Netflix and attended by tons of A-listers, including Taylor Swift, Bono and Diddy (or is it Sean Combs? — we’ve given up trying to keep up with what we’re supposed to call him). “It was a amazing,” she tells me. “You had to be inside the Beverly Hilton by 4 o’clock because at 5 o’clock it goes into lockdown. I watched the awards at a viewing party at the old Trader Vic’s.” On Friday, she’s jetting off to Washington, D.C., to attend the swearing in of Cathy Russell, President Barack Obama‘s pick for the new global ambassador of women’s issues at the State Department. Lest you think Anne’s life is one glam sojourn after the next, today she tells me her commute felt like a hellish version of “trains, planes and automobiles” as she slogged her way in from Brooklyn, thanks to a gushing water-main break.

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Mitchell Scherzer Named Trustee of Hearst Family Trust

Mitchell Scherzer GMitchell Scherzer, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer of Hearst Corporation, has been elected a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. The trustees have a variety of duties, including electing the corporation’s board of directors.

The trustees of the the Hearst Family Trust now include Scherzer, James Asher, David Barrett, Anissa Balson, Frank Bennack, John Conomikes, Lisa Hearst Hagerman, George Hearst III, William Hearst III, Gilbert Maurer, Mark Miller, Virginia Hearst Randt and Steven Swartz.

The Hearst Family Trust, established under the will of William Randolph Hearst, owns Hearst Corporation.

The Steven Swartz Era Begins at Hearst

The only person who served as CEO of Hearst Corporation longer than Frank Bennack was a fella by the name of William Randolph Hearst. That’s one hell of a tenure. But all good things must come to an end, and for Bennack, that day was this past Saturday. Beginning today, Steven Swartz is the new CEO of Hearst.

In a final note to Hearst staffers, Bennack expressed gratitude and hope for the future of the company:

Three decades of growth, diversification and unlimited excitement—I fondly hope that you share my enthusiasm and pride for what has been achieved. To those who joined me early in my tenure or preceded me, I extend deeply felt thanks for the opportunity to have stood beside you, or in the latter case to have stood on your shoulders. As for today’s associates at every level and in every line of business, I salute you for your remarkable achievements and dedication. Your work is not done and I have every confidence that the best is yet to come for you and for Hearst.

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Steven Swartz to Succeed Frank Bennack as Hearst CEO

A changing of the guard is about to take place at Hearst Corporation. Steven Swartz, currently the company’s president and COO, is going to succeed Frank Bennack as CEO. Swartz will become only the company’s seventh CEO when he takes on the role June 1.

Bennack — who has been with Hearst for 50 years, and CEO for 28 of those — will stay on as executive vice chairman of the company’s board and chairman of its Executive Committee. Swartz has been groomed for the top spot for quite awhile, but it is still a marked changed in the company’s history. The only person who served as CEO of Hearst longer than Bennack is William Randolph Hearst.

Swartz has been COO since early 2011 and added the president role late last year. Prior to his promotion to COO, he served as senior vice president and president of Hearst Newspapers. In a statement, Bennack said Swartz was more than ready to be CEO.

“Steve has dedicated himself to our company for more than 20 years and during the past two years we have been working side-by-side to position Hearst for our next 100 years. I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Directors when I say we have the utmost confidence in Steve stepping into the role of CEO in June and leading Hearst into a strong future of successful media and information businesses and brands around the globe.”

William Hearst Named Chairman of Hearst Corporation

William Hearst III has been named the new chairman of Hearst Corporation. Hearst has been a director of the company for over 30 years and is a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. Hearst succeeds the late George Hearst Jr. as chairman.

“Will has been involved in the activities of Hearst Corporation for decades,” said Frank Bennack, CEO of Hearst, in a statement. “He is a respected media leader, having honed his skills as a newspaper publisher, magazine editor and cable executive. His support and vision as chairman will be invaluable to Hearst moving forward.”

In related company news, the following were named to the board of directors:

  • Mark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspapers
  • Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst Corporation
  • Mitchell Scherzer, senior vice president and CFO of Hearst Corporation
  • Samia Staehle, an attorney and great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst
  • Christian Tarafa, former longtime executive at Hearst Magazines UK and great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst.

Steven Swartz Promoted to President, COO of Hearst

Steven Swartz has been promoted from executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hearst Corporation to president and chief operating officer. Swartz has been COO since March of last year. Prior to that he was senior vice president of Hearst Corp. and president of Hearst Newspapers.

“Having worked with Steve for more than 20 years, I’m highly confident he will succeed in this new role — just as he has in every position he’s held with Hearst since 1991,” Frank Bennack, CEO of Hearst Corp., said in a statement. “He has my full support, and that of the entire Board of Directors, as he continues to increase his day-to-day responsibilities in helping to run the corporation.”

Swartz’s appointment is effective immediately.

Helen Gurley Brown, Legendary Cosmo Mag Editor, Dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died today at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital. She was 90.

Brown, a Los Angeles native, became a famed author in 1962 with the publication of her the bestselling self-help book, Sex and the Single Girl. In 1965, Brown became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, a failing title at Hearst that the new editor swiftly revitalized.

For a younger generation of women, Cosmo may be little more than a guilty pleasure, but the fact is the publication, under the leadership of Brown, revolutionized the industry of women’s magazines. Brown pushed social boundaries by turning Cosmo into a publication for young, single, sexually liberated women at a time when women’s titles were largely written for housewives.

Though the changes were controversial, Cosmopolitan became a huge success under Brown’s guidance. The mag now boasts a circulation of 3 million in the U.S., with 64 international editions. Brown was forced out of her role as editor in 1997, but stayed on as editor of Cosmopolitan‘s international editions.

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Hearst Newspapers Promotes Lincoln Millstein

Lincoln Millstein has been promoted from Senior Vice President of Digital Media to Executive Vice President, Deputy Group Head, of Hearst Newspapers. Millstein succeeds Mark Aldam, who was named President of Hearst Newspapers in March 2011.

“Lincoln has made a tremendous contribution since joining Hearst, expanding our newspapers’ portfolio of digital products and services,” said Hearst Corporation’s CEO, Frank Bennack. “We congratulate him on his promotion.”

Millstein has been with Hearst since 2005, when he joined the company after serving as Executive Vice President of New York Times Digital.