LONDON — Condé Nast International has eliminated a number of positions at its London headquarters, a result of “streamlining activities” that Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive officer of Condé Nast International, related to staff in a memo Friday.
A spokeswoman for Condé Nast International confirmed the details of the memo.
As part of the reorganization, the firm’s international talent department will cease to operate, with Thomas Bucaille, director of talent since January 2013, to leave the company. Bucaille joined the firm from Christian Dior Couture, where he had served as worldwide human resources director since 2005. Newhouse said that during his tenure, Bucaille had “raised the level of professionalism in human resources throughout the organization.” Now, human resources and recruitment at Condé Nast International will be the responsibility of Condé Nast’s individual country operations, with Condé Nast International management providing guidance as needed.
In addition, the firm will combine the activities of its Paris-based brand-development department and its London-based new-markets department into one department in London. The new department will be under the direction of Karina Dobrotvorskaya, who will take the title of president, Condé Nast new markets, and editorial director, brand development. Dobrotvorskaya was previously head of brand development.
Carol Cornuau, the current president of Condé Nast new markets, a role she has held since 2010, will leave the firm. Cornuau originally joined Condé Nast International in 1998 and has overseen international launches such as Vogue in Turkey and Ukraine as well as GQ and Glamour in Brazil. Newhouse described Cornuau as “an effective, results-getting leader.”
Newhouse said the decision to consolidate brand development and new markets came as a result of the publisher having expanded its brands into the majority of their potential markets, “leaving less scope for future growth,” adding, “The organizational structure is changing in order to adapt to this reality.”
Newhouse also included in the memo that “it is with sadness that the organization bids farewell to Thomas and Carol,” noting their “important contributions to the success of Condé Nast International.”