Cosmopolitan's December cover.


COSMO’S EXECUTIVE EDITOR MOVE: Cosmopolitan has brought on Sascha de Gersdorff as executive editor.

The role had been left open after former executive editor Leslie Yazel left Hearst for Time Inc. to serve as editor in chief of Real Simple.

De Gersdorff, who has been deputy editor of Women’s Health since 2014, will start her new gig on Dec. 1. The hire was made by Cosmopolitan editor in chief Michele Promaulayko, to whom de Gersdorff will report.

Promaulayko, who had served as editor in chief of Women’s Health from 2009 to 2014 said de Gersdorff “is passionate about the topics that empower young women to live their healthiest, strongest lives and she brilliantly champions those causes on and off the page.”

De Gersdorff had been at Rodale-owned Women’s Health since 2009, rising from senior editor to deputy editor. As deputy editor, she led major partnerships, has top-edited food, health, fitness and feature sections, and was a key player of the National Magazine Award-winning team led by Promaulayko. Prior to her time at Women’s Health, de Gersdorff was an executive editor of Boston Magazine and editor in chief of New England Travel. She has regularly appeared on television programs such as “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.”

“I’m honored to join Cosmopolitan — a true media icon that’s been empowering women since its Helen Gurley Brown days,” de Gersdorff said.

Promaulayko, who took the reins at Cosmopolitan in September, is in the process of building her team and making her own mark on the magazine, after former Cosmo editor in chief Joanna Coles took on the role of chief content officer of Hearst Magazines.

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