HOMECOMING: Lagardère Active has named Erin Doherty the new editor in chief of French Elle, just two years after bringing on Liberation’s Françoise-Marie Santucci.
Circulation and revenues have continued to slip for the quintessential French women’s magazine — a flagship publication for Lagardère Active alongside Paris Match. The publisher reported earlier this month that magazine circulation was down 9.1 percent and advertising revenues fell 5.1 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2016.
Santucci is a veteran culture and lifestyle journalist who previously spent 22 years at the French left-wing daily Liberation and its weekend supplement Liberation Next.
In a statement, Lagardère Active’s group chief Denis Olivennes and Lagardère Publicité president Constance Benqué thanked Santucci for “speeding up the magazine’s development thanks to her journalistic talent, her sensitivity and her understanding of fashion.”
Doherty was plucked from the Condé Nast-owned rival Glamour, where she will have spent just under two years as editor in chief. She starts at Elle on Jan. 9.
Condé Nast has not said whether a successor to Doherty at Glamour France has been identified.
Doherty began her career as a journalist at Elle in 2000 and went on to occupy the post of fashion and beauty editor from 2007 to 2014.