Former GQ editor at large Michael Hainey is moving to Hearst to assume the role of Esquire executive director of editorial. He will also serve as editor at large of sibling glossy Town & Country.

Hainey, who worked at GQ in the deputy editor role from 2003 to 2015, will report to Esquire editor in chief Jay Fielden, who also holds the title of  editorial director of T&C.

Hainey’s name had been floated as a potential candidate for the editor in chief’s job at T&C when Fielden replaced David Granger as editor in chief at Esquire in December. The top job at T&C wound up going to internal candidate Stellene Volandes, who was promoted from executive style director.

Hainey will be responsible for writing, editing and assigning stories, as well as overseeing section editors and writers at the men’s magazine. The editor will pen stories for T&C and work on developing new projects with Volandes.

“Michael is an extraordinarily talented editor with an experienced feel for the art of great magazine making,” Fielden said.

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