It’s all systems grow at Fast Company, which today announced a slate of new hires (remember those?). Taking over at the creative helm of the magazine, which just published its 150th issue (pictured), will be Florian Bachleda, who replaces outgoing art director Dean Markadakis, while Leslie dela Vega has been appointed photography director, replacing Meghan Hurley. Bachleda and dela Vega start at Fast Company on November 8. Other recent additions to the masthead include senior editor Nancy Cook from Newsweek and staff editor Emily Biuso from The New York Times Magazine.
A former president of the Society of Publication Designers, Bachleda served as creative director of titles including Latina and Vibe after honing his art directing chops at everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to McKinsey & Company. His own design firm, FB Design, has done work for clients including Condé Nast, Hearst, and The New York Times. Dela Vega comes to Fast Company from Essence, where she was director of photography. She previously spent three years as national photo editor for Time and served as deputy photo editor at Teen People. And all roads lead back to Vibe, where dela Vega was photo director alongside Bachleda: the duo’s June 2006 Busta Rhymes cover earned Best Celebrity Cover honors from the American Society of Magazine Editors. What design/business world figure(s) would you like to see get silenced via duct tape on a future Fast Company cover? (You know Philippe Starck would be into it.) We’re sure they welcome your suggestions.