SINGLED OUT: In the age of the merger, second chances are hard to come by. That’s what Lisa Frankel found out when her employer, Fitness magazine, was acquired by Meredith Corp. last month. While the other members of the magazine’s sales staff were allowed to keep their positions, Frankel, who’d been hired as ad director several weeks earlier, was let go. A Meredith spokesman declined to comment on the reason, but it appears to stem from a past conflict with Jeanine Shao, publishing director of Ladies’ Home Journal and More, and now of Fitness. Frankel worked under Shao at LHJ in 2000, and the two were frequently at odds, according to a former colleague. “They’re actually quite similar — they’re both somewhat scattered and disorganized,” said the source. Frankel ended up leaving Meredith the following year, holding several positions elsewhere before landing at Fitness. She couldn’t be reached for comment.
— Jeff Bercovici