T’S SEARCH FOR A PUBLISHER: The vacant publisher role at T: The New York Times Style Magazine is causing a stir in the advertising community. Anxious clients of the luxe-inspired supplement have begun to wonder when The Times will fill the job left open by Brendan Monaghan.
Monaghan, who served as senior vice president of advertising at The New York Times as well as publisher of T, left the company in November to become publisher and chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Traveler.
On his way out, Monaghan grabbed Times coworker Amanda Smith, who served as associate publisher, to join him as head of sales for the travel glossy.
Executive vice president and chief revenue officer Meredith Kopit Levien, who would oversee the new hire, did not respond to requests seeking comment. A company spokeswoman offered: “We’ve got a lot of interest and we’re still sifting through candidates.”
She added that the company is interviewing for a “number of different positions in the luxury cluster.”
Sources told WWD that The Times has called in a handful of candidates for various roles, and that former Teen Vogue publisher Jason Wagenheim appears to be a leading contender for Monaghan’s old job. Wagenheim departed Condé Nast in November amid a shake-up at the magazine publisher, which merged the business side of Teen Vogue into Vogue.
Another Condé alum, former Details publisher Drew Schutte, who was let go when the company shuttered the men’s glossy the same month, is also said to be interviewing for the publisher opening. An insider with knowledge of the search indicated that Vanity Fair associate publisher Amber Estabrook has been of interest to The Times, as well.
In the non-Condé camp, it is believed that Steven DeLuca, publisher of Time Inc.’s Departures, has been floated as a candidate. Others noted that T editor in chief Deborah Needleman has suggested candidates outside of the publishing sphere to fill the publisher role.