PAGNIEZ RETIRES AS PUBLICATION DIRECTOR AT ELLE
NEW YORK — Regis Pagniez, publication director and founding editor of the U.S. edition of Elle, has retired from the magazine.
Pagniez will remain as a consultant to David J. Pecker, president and chief executive officer of Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, for the U.S. edition of Elle and will advise Gerald de Roquemaurel, chairman and ceo of Hachette Filipacchi Medias, on the 31 international editions of Elle.
Pagniez launched the U.S. edition of Elle in 1985, after working for six years as publication director of the French edition of Elle.
“Because it’s time,” Pagniez told WWD, when asked why he decided to retire. “I’ve been 15 years in America with Elle. It’s too much for me. I’ve never worked so long for one magazine.”
Pagniez said, “I don’t like the day-to-day work, I love to start things, and after a certain amount of time, I just got tired.”
Elaina Richardson, editor of Elle, and Gilles Bensimon, creative director, will report to Pecker. Pagniez’s title of publication director will be retired.