In Style poached a Vogue veteran to succeed Lynette Harrison to be its next publisher. Connie Anne Phillips, who spent 14 years at the Condé Nast Publications title, most recently as managing director, will take the helm at In Style today. Harrison resigned from her post last month and left last week. Phillips was a close deputy of Vogue senior vice president and group publisher Tom Florio, spending eight years as Vogue’s associate publisher before being named managing director. Phillips resigned from Vogue on Friday morning.
“Connie Anne’s deep knowledge of the category, coupled with her tremendous range of experience in sales, marketing, and creative services, makes her an ideal fit for this position,” said Paul Caine, Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group president and group publisher. “In addition to her extraordinary relationships, the overwhelming industry support for Connie Anne is truly impressive.”
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Meanwhile, Florio promoted two of his advertising directors to associate publishers to fill the vacancy left by Phillips: Lottie Oakley and Tim O’Connor. Oakley has been the ad director for Vogue’s European and American fashion business since July 2006; O’Connor oversaw Vogue’s retail and non-endemic business.
Phillips isn’t the only Vogue executive joining In Style. In an unrelated move, executive beauty director Toria Garrett will join the Time Inc. title in the role of advertising director, beauty and lifestyle. She will report to In Style associate publisher Katherine Rizzuto.
In Style’s new sales execs join after the brand’s makeover last year, which included a redesign and a new managing editor, Ariel Foxman. Newsstand sales for the magazine have grown at a time when most titles have reported declines. For the second half of 2008, total paid and verified circulation grew 2 percent to 1.8 million, with single-copy sales jumping 6 percent. Advertising, however, have slid so far in 2009 as the recession takes a bite out of revenues for the entire magazine business. According to Media Industry Newsletter, pages at In Style through the March issue have fallen 29 percent, to 436. Her former magazine, Vogue, saw a 28 percent drop in paging, registering 563 ad pages through March.