NEW YORK — Add one more name to the top of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party list: Louis Cona, the magazine’s new publisher. The appointment of Cona, currently publisher of In Style magazine, was announced Monday by Steven T. Florio, president and chief executive officer of Conde Nast Publications Inc. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Louis is a dynamic and seasoned executive,” said Florio. “He has been instrumental in the success of three media properties of national scope and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Peter King Hunsinger, who served as publisher of Vanity Fair since November 1999, before becoming executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Conde Nast, is a hard act to follow. During his tenure, Vanity Fair’s advertising pages jumped 11 percent in 2000 — to 2,078.5 from 1,872.68, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.
Cona, however, boasts an equally admirable record. Publisher of In Style since 1996, Cona presided over a 27.5 percent growth in ad pages. In 1999, In Style received the Council of Fashion Designers of America special award for its coverage of Hollywood fashion, and has been in the top three of Adweek’s Hot List for three years running.