LEAVING IN STYLE: Time Inc. has lost nearly 600 staffers during its latest reorganization at the company, but at least one executive has chosen to leave on her own terms. In Style publisher Lynette Harrison Brubaker is departing after seven years at the helm. The publisher will stay in her role until a replacement is found by Time Style & Entertainment president and group publisher Paul Caine, to whom Brubaker reports.
Brubaker, who has three children under the age of four, decided after returning from the Golden Globes that she wanted to give up her role. She informed Caine last week and told her staff on Wednesday. Her decision comes after a slew of changes at the fashion magazine. In August, In Style underwent a redesign, then named a new managing editor, Ariel Foxman, after promoting Charla Lawhon to editor of the In Style Group of magazines, which gave her oversight of all international editions and spin-offs. In November, Brubaker began reporting to Caine after Time Inc. reorganized the portfolio of magazines into clusters, with a top sales executive overseeing each group.
Brubaker joined In Style in 2001, after serving as publisher of W and then WWD. At In Style, she steadily grew the numbers to 3,222 ad pages in 2007 from around 3,000 five years before. But as the economy tanked throughout 2008, In Style’s pages mirrored the rest of the industry’s declines, slipping 23 percent to 2,744, according to figures from Media Industry Newsletter (which broke the news Thursday of Brubaker’s departure). As the recession continues, magazine issues continue to shrink: through March, In Style posted a nearly 30 percent drop in pages, to 436. It’s not alone: nearly all the major fashion magazines are posting declines of 20 percent or more in advertising for the first quarter.