HEADING OFF: New Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nathan Lump is putting his stamp on the Time Inc.-owned glossy. According to sources, Lump dismissed five people on the edit side on Monday. Layoffs included the magazine’s executive editor, style director, special correspondent/ new media editor and the features director, WWD has learned.
T+L appointed former Condé Nast Traveler deputy editor Jeffries Blackerby as executive editor last week.
A Time Inc. spokeswoman did not confirm or deny that number but instead gave this nothing-out-of-the-ordinary explanation: “Nathan is redefining the roles of his team. (It is entirely normal for a new manager to put his/her own team in place, one that can and will deliver to their vision.) These changes are a reflection of Nathan’s vision and ambition for the brand. Those executives that are leaving have done an exceptional job for T+L and we are deeply appreciative of their contributions to the brand during their tenure. But change is inevitable.” (Perhaps those whose jobs have been cut don’t feel quite so optimistic about his “vision.”) Lump, who was appointed editor in August, has been charged with ramping up T+L’s digital presence, as well as generating new streams of revenue for the magazine, following the retirement of longtime editor in chief Nancy Novogrod. He is doing all that as Time Inc. faces the increasing scrutiny of Wall Street following its spin-off into a separate, publicly listed company in June.