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Two Magazines Lose Top Talent After Short Tenures

o.pngThis week, we learned of two top magazine staffers, one publisher and one editor-in-chief, leaving their posts after just a few months on the job.

First came word that Susan Reed is leaving her spot as editor-in-chief at O, The Oprah Magazine after less than a year at the helm of the Hearst pub. Before joining O, Reed served as the editor-in-chief at Golf for Women for more than six years. She will be replaced by Time Inc.‘s Susan Casey.

Also this week, the New York Post reported that Francis Farrell will be leaving the publisher slot at Men’s Journal after less than six months. Farrell formerly worked as publisher National Geographic Traveler and joined the men’s magazine in October 2008. Farrell will be replaced by Matt Mastrangelo, the Post said.

The Post also reported that American Media, which publishes Star and National Enquirer has lost its CFO Dean Durbin after only a year and a half — not quite as short a stint as the others but a quick turnaround nonetheless.

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Swine Flu Hits Conde Nast As Newhouse Profile Hits Newsstands

nymag.pngThis morning, a warning went out to all of Conde Nast‘s New York employees that an employee on the 12th floor of the company’s 4 Times Square headquarters had tested positive for swine flu. (If you’re hip to Conde HQ you know that floor is where Vogue is housed.)

But since the memo noted that the infected employee is “under a doctor’s care and currently recovering at home,” the media company was probably more worried this morning about the latest New York magazine cover story, which profiled Conde chairman Si Newhouse.

Steve Fishman‘s in-depth profile attempts to get to the heart of Newhouse’s psyche, quoting an anonymous source who calls him “semi-blank,” and asserting that he surrounds himself with superstar editors who represent a part of himself that he can’t express on his own. “In a sense, he’s like a polished surface, and the editors tend to see themselves in him,” Fishman wrote.

And of course Fishman can’t ignore the fact that Conde Nast is in the red despite closing a number of magazines in the past two years, including, most recently, Portfolio. Still, he points out that “The belief around the building is that next year, if the economy recovers, Conde Nast will again turn profitable.” Fishman doesn’t let on if he agrees, but he does mention that there are still rumors of more magazine closings to come. “Which will be next? Wired? Architectural Digest? Does the company really need two food magazines?”

As a former Conde employee ourselves, we did find at least one omission in Fishman’s reporting. His list of shuttered publications — Jane, House & Garden, Men’s Vogue, Golf for Women, Domino and Portfolio — he left out our former home, the men’s wear trade DNR.

Reed’s Departure Spells Doom for Golf For Women

golfforwom.pngThat was fast. Only hours after Hearst’s announcement that Susan Reed, current editor-in-chief at Golf For Women was leaving her post to helm O, The Oprah Magazine, Conde Nast said it intended to fold Golf For Women for good effective immediately. Of the decision, which will affect about 30 people and apparently only took hours to come to, Conde Nast said: “We came to this decision because we feel the magazine will not support our long-term business objectives.”

Portfolio says that the magazine economy being what it is, “it’s easier to shut down a magazine with dozens of employees than to hire one new one,” also suggesting that in the wake of Quick and Simple‘s shuttering last week this may just be the beginning of a long summer for magazine folk.

Susan Reed Named Editor-in-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine

omag_200807_cover_75x102.jpgHearst Magazines has just announced that Susan K. Reed has been appointed editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, effective July 29. Reed comes to O from Golf For Women where she has been editor-in-chief since February 2002 and will replace current head Amy Gross, who is retiring.

During Reed’s tenure Golf For Women was nominated for its first National Magazine Award in Public Service from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2003 for a piece it did on the exclusion of women at Augusta National Golf Club. Says Oprah: “Susan understands the O, The Oprah Magazine kind of optimism and will continue to communicate it to our readers with informative and inspirational stories each month.”