Here’s yet another shakeup to add to the latest round of editorial musical chairs: Joanna Coles, who has been the editor at Marie Claire since 2006, has just been named editor in chief at Cosmopolitan.
“[Coles'] great success in television and social media, her sharp instinct about women and what they want, and her experience working on a global brand make her an ideal choice for the editor role at Cosmo,” Hearst Magazines President David Carey said in a release.
Current Cosmo EIC Kate White, who helmed the women’s mag for 14 years, is leaving to focus on her writing and speaking career, but will stay on at Hearst as an advisor.
During Coles’ tenure at Marie Claire, she increased the mag’s visibility on television, producing the reality TV show Running in Heels in 2008, and that same year hired Project Runway judge and editor Nina Garcia as fashion director, linking the glossy’s name to the hit fashion show. This year Coles was also a mentor on Project Runway All Stars.
Coles will begin her new role at Cosmo on September 10.
We’re excited to see what Coles and her years of journalism experience–which include stints at women’s mags, New York magazine, and the UK’s The Guardian–will bring to the sex-focused lady mag.