SEVENTEEN MINUS FOUR: Hearst’s Seventeen is experiencing some growing pains under its new editorial leadership.
This story first appeared in the November 24, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
WWD has learned that four were cut from the teen magazine’s masthead last week. They include managing editor Jo Ann Liguori, who will now serve as interim managing editor of HGTV Magazine while its current editor is on maternity leave; fashion market editor Jasmine Snow, beauty director Yesenia Almonte and fashion assistant Rachel Lowe.
The cuts come on the heels of a reorganization of the magazine’s leadership.
In September, Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief Joanna Coles added the new role of editorial director of Seventeen, while then-editor in chief Ann Shoket was dismissed. Cosmopolitan senior vice president and publishing director Donna Kalajian Lagani added publishing responsibilities at Seventeen.
Hearst brought on Michelle Tan, special projects editor of People magazine, as the teen mag’s new editor in chief, reporting to Coles.
A Hearst spokeswoman confirmed the recent cuts and added that some promotions were made as well.
Keeping in line with Hearst’s cost-savings mantra, Coles elevated her beauty director, Leah Wyar, to group beauty director for both Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.
Cosmopolitan fashion director Aya Kanai was promoted to group fashion director for the two titles. Gina Kelly, who previously held the role of fashion director at Seventeen, will now report to Kanai.
More changes are likely to come on Dec. 2, when Tan officially starts at Seventeen.