Townsend has been with Condé since 1994, when he joined as publisher of Glamour. He was named executive VP of the company the next year, and COO in 1999. Townsend has served as Condé’s CEO since 2004.
Prior to his time with Condé, Townsend was with The New York Times Company. From 1986 to 1994 he served as the president and CEO of the Times Company’s Women’s Magazine Publishing Division, which published Family Circle, McCall’s and more.