A slew of changes was unveiled Monday by Condé Nast Publications Inc., resulting in three top-level departures and several high-level promotions.
Mitchell Fox is leaving his position as group president and publishing director of Condé Nast Publications. Fox oversaw the Golf Digest Publications; the Fairchild Fashion Group, parent of WWD; W magazine; Bon Appétit, and Condé Nast Bridal Media.
The Golf Digest Publications will now report to David Carey, who currently is a group president and publishing director overseeing Portfolio. He will continue to oversee that title as well, and also oversee Wired Media.
Fox was told of his dismissal Monday morning by Condé Nast president and chief executive officer Chuck Townsend.
“My job here was a newly created position,” Fox told WWD. “We all agreed that my abilities were underutilized in this job, but there was not another position that could take advantage of my abilities. As a result, we all mutually agreed that rather than me bide my time here, I’d rather move on.”
He will be leaving the company in the next two weeks.
Also, three Condé Nast publishers were promoted to senior vice presidents: Bill Wackermann, Lou Cona and Tom Florio. Wackermann, currently vice president and publisher of Glamour, will now also take responsibility for the Bridal Media group. His new title will be senior vice president, publishing director.
Florio, who is publishing director of Vogue, Men’s Vogue and Vogue Living, will add Teen Vogue to his portfolio and add senior vice president to his title.
Cona, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker, has been promoted to senior vice president, Condé Nast Media Group, reporting to Media Group president Richard Beckman. Cona will replace Amy Churgin, who was moved to the corporate department in March and now is leaving the company. Replacing Cona at The New Yorker will be Drew Schutte, most recently vice president and publishing director at Wired Media.
Lucky vice president and publisher Sandy Golinkin will also leave the company along with Fox and Churgin. Replacing Golinkin will be Gina Sanders, now vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue. A replacement was not named, but a statement from the company said Florio is expected to name one in the coming weeks.
A memo Monday afternoon circulated to Condé Nast staffers outlined the executive moves, in which Townsend said “these changes in the management structure will serve to position us for many years of continued growth.”
For more, see Tuesday’s issue of WWD.