A NEW LOCALE: After 17 years at the helm of Town & Country, Pamela Fiori, 66, will transition from editor in chief to editor at large, paving the way for House Beautiful editor in chief Stephen Drucker to take over. The new appointment, which takes effect April 20, ends months of conjecture over Fiori’s future with or without the magazine. In her new role, she will work on Town & Country books and editorial projects. Late last year, Assouline published Fiori’s book “In the Spirit of Capri.”

It was speculated that Drucker, 56, who has always been well-liked by Hearst management, was talking to Condé Nast about moving over to head Architectural Digest. He leaves House Beautiful after almost five years, and style director Newell Turner has been tapped as that title’s new editor in chief. Meanwhile, Hearst also said Tuesday that former Domino magazine style director Dara Caponigro will become the next editor in chief of Veranda.

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Drucker said he planned to add new voices and ideas to the mix at Town & Country. It’s unclear whether he plans to redesign the title; Fiori unveiled her own redesign a few months ago. Drucker and Fiori did not respond to requests for comment by press time, and a spokesman declined comment beyond the company’s statement.

Town & Country’s total circulation last year was flat at 455,200, although second-half newsstand sales fell 18.9 percent to 31,100. The magazine last year posted a 45 percent decline in ad pages to 894. When Media Industry Newsletter published its first-quarter ad figures among fashion titles, it reported that through the March issue, ad pages at Town & Country fell 13 percent to 214 pages. Veranda also felt the pain last year, down 48 percent, to 486 pages. House Beautiful, meanwhile, has a circulation of 800,000 and ended the year down 16 percent to 649 pages.

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