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Major Executive Changes at Condé Nast

unnamedBig changes have just hit Condé Nast. Editorial director Tom Wallace and COO and CFO John Bellando are both leaving the company, while David Geithner — a former veteran of Time Inc. — is joining as CFO.

Wallace’s exit will give even more power to Condé’s artistic director, Anna Wintour. In a memo announcing the changes, Chuck Townsend, the publishing house’s CEO, wrote that Wintour “will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry.”

Bellando had been with Condé since 1999. Geithner will take over Bellando’s CFO duties, while Bob Sauerberg will “assume a leading role in all revenue generation activities,” wrote Townsend.

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Condé Nast Drafts Native-Ad Conflict Resolution Doc

CondeNastLogoThe brave new world of native advertising has an intriguing road map. Per Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, senior editorial staff at Condé Nast are currently reviewing a 4,000-word draft document:

The document’s aim is to give publishers and editors who might clash over native ads a quick reference guide to solve any disputes, the executives say. “There are things in there editors won’t like, and things in there that publishers won’t like,” one editor said.

Another one of Sebastian’s sources for the article gets a little bit ahead of proper native context by comparing the document to the Great Charter of the Liberties of England, sealed under oath by King John in 1215. Describing the Condé Nast document as “a Magna Carta for native ads” is hilariously grandiose.

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Scott Dadich Named EIC of Wired

Scott Dadich has been named the new editor-in-chief of Wired. This marks a return to Wired for Dadich, who served as the magazine’s creative director from 2006 to 2010. During his time there Wired won three straight NMA’s for Design. Dadich most recently served as Condé Nast’s vice president of editorial platforms.

“Scott has been at the forefront of the company’s digital innovation for the past three years, developing the design for a digital magazine that has become an industry standard,” said Condé’s editorial director, Tom Wallace, in a statement. “His return to Wired, where he served as creative director and won three National Magazine Awards for Design, will ensure that it continues its pace-setting growth.”

“I’m excited to return to Wired, which has had such a tremendous impact on my life and my career,” Dadich said, in a statement. “I’m honored to have the chance to build on the legacy of innovation that Louis and Jane started some 20 years ago. And I am grateful to my friend and colleague Chris and the incredible Wired staff. I look forward to finding new opportunities to delight and surprise the Wired community, both with the stories we tell and in the ways in which we tell them.”

Dadich succeeds Chris Anderson, who left to dedicate more time to his robotics company.

Keija Minor Named EIC of Brides

Keija Minor has been named editor-in-chief of Brides and Brides.com. Minor had been Brides’ executive editor since late last year, and acting editor-in-chief since Anne Fulenwider left the magazine.
“Keija’s contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,” said Condé Nast editorial director, Tom Wallace. “She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion.”
 
Minor’s appointment is effective immediately. 

Where Does Lucky Shakeup Leave Kim France?

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From left: Brandon Holley, Kim France

The magazine and fashion worlds are buzzing this morning with the news that Conde Nast alum Brandon Holley has been named editor-in-chief of Lucky.

Holley was most recently the editor for Yahoo’s female-focused Shine channel and also presided over cult favorite Jane before it shuttered in 2007. According to WWD, she’ll now be tasked with expanding Lucky “across multiple platforms.”

But here’s the big question: What happened to former EIC Kim France?

“This is a decision we came to together,” Conde Nast editorial director Tom Wallace said. “Kim France created a brand and not many people in this business can say that. Conde Nast owes her a lot.”

And it seems France has only nice things to say about her employer as well. “I am exceptionally grateful to Conde Nast and Si Newhouse for what has been a tremendous opportunity, and something I will remember with only fondness,” she later said via statement.

And as usually happens with media’s revolving door, there’s already speculation about who may follow France out the door. NBC New York has its eyes on creative director Andrea Linett as the next to bounce.

Well, congrats to Holley and a big shout-out to France as well. Regardless of the reasons for her exit, a 10-year reign as founding editor isn’t too shabby.

One Last Gourmet Party

gourmet.jpgWe’d like to end the week on a high note, but on this gloomy, cold October Friday in New York City, this story from The New York Observer about the last hurrah for Gourmet magazine seems fitting.

Many braved the rain last night to toast the venerable epicurean magazine, which was among the Condé Nast casualties last week. Editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl, Condé Nast editorial director Tom Wallace was there and former publisher Nancy Berger Cardone gathered at A Voce Columbus Circle to celebrate the new television series, “Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth,” airing this Sunday on Channel 13, even though the magazine has folded.

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