NEW YORK — Dennis Publishing today named Jimmy Jellinek editor in chief of Maxim, confirming an exclusive report published earlier on

Jellinek has been editor in chief of Stuff, Maxim’s sister title, since May 2005. Prior to that, he was editor in chief of Complex.

In an e-mail to employees, Dennis president Steven Colvin also addressed a report in the New York Post claiming that current editor in chief Ed Needham was being “forced out.” “Ed actually resigned about three months ago and has been quietly and professionally working out his notice period,” wrote Colvin. “He will be leaving Dennis Publishing at the end of this month. His decision to leave is purely based on his desire to relocate back to England with his wife and young child. I would like to thank Ed for all his hard work and tremendous contributions to Dennis Publishing.”

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