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Tina Gaudoin Quits WSJ. Magazine

GaudoinTina06172010.jpgTina Gaudoin, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal‘s WSJ. magazine, is leaving her post for personal reasons, Women’s Wear Daily reports. She’s apparently moving back to London, where her husband currently lives.

Gaudoin was named top editor at WSJ. in January 2008, ahead of the luxury insert’s launch in September of that year. Before moving to New York to edit the magazine, she worked at The Times Luxx, a quarterly magazine supplement to The Times of London.

According to WWD, Gaudoin will work on the September and October issues of the magazine and help pick out her successor. She will remain on the masthead as contributing editor.

UPDATE: Memo from Wall Street Journal managing editor on Gaudoin’s departure after the jump.

Tina Gaudoin, editor of WSJ. magazine, will be moving to London with her family for personal reasons and will be stepping down from her current role. Even though she is certainly irreplaceable, Tina is keen for the transition to a new editor to be as smooth as we can collectively make it, so she will edit the September and October issues of the magazine, and assist us in the quest to find a worthy successor.

Many magazines have a very short and painful life, but Tina and the team have created a magazine that has already become an important franchise for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. It is so obviously superior to other magazines in its class, though even to suggest that they are in its class is to be guilty of misrepresentation. While advertising is none of the editorial department’s business, more than 80 new advertisers have been brought into the Journal through WSJ. and many of them have advertised online as well as in print.

WSJ. has had an impact far beyond our borders, raising our profile in Asia and Europe, and has broadened the range of in-house pictorial and design skills. One measure of its impact is that, as other magazines were trimming and cutting in the past year, we extended the print run in the US and increased the frequency of the magazine. There is little doubt that the frequency will continue to increase in coming years. For that achievement, we all owe Tina an enormous debt.

Tina will stay on the masthead as Contributing Editor and is planning to work with Patience Wheatcroft in London on European fashion and luxury coverage. Her presence will live on in the pages of WSJ. for many, many years to come.

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