NEW YORK — In an abrupt about-face, Ronald A. Galotti resigned as publishing director of Esquire Tuesday after being in the job for a little more than a month.
Making the move even more dramatic was the fact that Galotti is rejoining Conde Nast, a company that fired him last May as publisher of Vanity Fair.
At press time, it could not be learned exactly what role Galotti would play at Conde Nast. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but an announcement from Conde Nast is expected today.
Speculation about Galotti’s assignment ranged from a corporate job in the 14th-floor executive offices to his becoming publisher of either Vogue or Glamour.
The Vogue scenario has him replacing current publisher Anne Sutherland Fuchs, who would get a corporate publishing post, something she has wanted for a long time. Fuchs was away Tuesday and unavailable for comment.
In a second scenario, Galotti would replace Jack Kliger as publisher of Glamour, while Kliger moves up to a corporate publishing post. Kliger said Tuesday he had no knowledge of any such moves.
Other sources suggested a number of other possibilities, including publisher slots at Mademoiselle and Vanity Fair, two of Galotti’s former publications, and two Conde Nast magazines with major declines in first-quarter ad linage.