ANOTHER CHIEF: Condé Nast added to its fast growing c-suite on Wednesday with the promotion of human resources head Jill Bright to chief administrative officer. In an e-mail to employees that described the move, chief executive officer Chuck Townsend and president Robert Sauerberg presented the post as something of a bureaucratic catchall from which Bright will oversee “organizational effectiveness” and give “guidance on people, productivity and alignment,” among other duties. The position will also give Bright domain over the corporate communications department, where chief communications officer Maurie Perl had previously reported directly to Townsend. Bright’s promotion is another step in an executive facelift that began at the company earlier this year when Townsend relinquished the president’s title to Sauerberg. The company has also promoted Louis Cona to chief marketing officer and brought on Joe Simon as chief technology officer.
— Matthew Lynch
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BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: People magazine has found a new fountain of ad dollars in at least one sector — beauty. The title will publish a 20-page section in the upcoming issue, out Friday, that will be sponsored by Maybelline and Garnier with approximately 12 pages of advertising. “We’re not going to do this every week,” said managing editor Larry Hackett. “And we’re not trying to play on the same block as [People] StyleWatch, but I think there’s room for both of us.” And watch out all you fashion titles out there — People sees ad dollars there, too. “We’d like to do something similar with fashion,” Hackett admitted.
As People expands its ad reach in beauty, another weekly, New York, is benefiting from the bridal industry even as weddings decline because of the economy. The winter 2011 edition of New York Weddings, on newsstands next week, will be up 35 percent in ad pages compared to a year ago and, combined with the summer 2010 issue, the weddings franchise is up 34 percent for the year. Publisher Larry Burstein said the wedding business at New York has experienced four years of growth, and is up 58 percent since 2005.
— Amy Wicks