NEW YORK — Ronald A. Galotti is returning to Conde Nast — the company that fired him last year — as publisher of Vogue.
“He had eight months to think about how he can be a better publisher and a better man,” said Steven T. Florio, the new president of Conde Nast.
Galotti will succeed Anne Sutherland Fuchs, who moves up to senior vice president-director, international.
At the same time, Jack Kliger, publisher of Glamour, was elevated to senior vice president, corporate services. He succeeds Neil Jacobs, who will retire this spring. Kliger’s successor at Glamour is expected to be named shortly.
The moves are effective April 4.
In an act that took the publishing industry by surprise Tuesday, Galotti resigned as publication director of Hearst Magazines’ Esquire and Esquire Gentleman after being on the job since only Jan. 27.
Recalling Galotti’s turbulent days as publisher of Vanity Fair, Florio said Wednesday, “He was overly harsh with his staff and the book was going through a serious decline and it got ugly. He lost his job over it.
“Frank Bennack [president and ceo of Hearst Corp.] and Claeys Bahrenburg [president of Hearst Magazines] thought he was changed and could do a great job,” he said.
Florio continued, “He went over to Esquire and did a terrific job, and instead of intimidating, he was motivating.
“What you’re going to see is a natural aggressiveness,”he said. “It will be directed externally, not internally. I’m not talking about a kinder, gentler Ron Galotti. He’ll direct his gun externally.”
Florio said Galotti will make Vogue “very competitive.”
“If you’re Carl Portale, you’re having a bad day today,” said Florio, referring to the publisher of Harper’s Bazaar.
Fuchs, who has been publisher of Vogue for three years, said Wednesday that part of her responsibilities will be “to position the company internationally with international accounts.”
“That hasn’t been done as much in the past. When companies are looking to invest in this marketplace, we need to show them the strength of the company as a whole,” she said.
Contacted in Paris, Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, referred to Fuchs and Jack Kliger as “an energetic team.” As for additional changes, she said: “There could be many. I don’t know, but I think that’s all for today.”