Ellen Levine, editorial director at Hearst Magazines for the last decade, is stepping down at the end of the year. She will become an editorial consultant as of Jan. 1.

Levine’s move was revealed in a letter to staff this afternoon by David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines. “I want to take this moment to thank Ellen and recognize her illustrious, 32-year career at Hearst Magazines,” Carey wrote. “Ellen is one of the most creative, versatile and prolific editorial minds in publishing. She sees things from a reader’s perspective, and she knows instinctively what will resonate. She’s launched four highly successful, top-10 best-selling brands: O, The Oprah Magazine; Food Network Magazine; HGTV Magazine, and Dr. Oz The Good Life, businesses which have had a significant impact on consumers’ lives and on Hearst’s bottom line.”

Levine joined Hearst as a senior editor at Cosmopolitan under Helen Gurley Brown, became editor in chief of Woman’s Day and rejoined Hearst in 1990 as Redbook’s editor in chief. Four years later, she became the first female editior in chief of Good Housekeeping.

“Ellen will continue working with the editors at Food Network Magazine; HGTV Magazine; Dr. Oz The Good Life, and O, The Oprah Magazine through the end of the year before moving to her corporate role in January,” Carey said.

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