Another one bites the dust: Condé Nast Traveler editor in chief Klara Glowczewska was fired last week in the second major Condé Nast masthead change in as many months. And the presence of Anna Wintour–who was named artistic director at Condé Nast earlier this year–at the meeting announcing Glowczewska’s departure reportedly left many staffers feeling the Vogue editor had a strong hand in the move.
WWD has the scoop on the shift, in which former Martha Stewart Living editor Pilar Guzmán was named as Glowczewska’s replacement. Condé Nast execs gathered Traveler staff on Thursday morning to break the news.
According to insiders, Wintour had more to do with the hiring of Guzmán than the firing of Glowczewska. Still, her approval was apparently “pivotal” to execs making the shift. “Anna’s not afraid to make changes. She made [Condé execs Charles Townsend and Bob Sauerberg] comfortable that it was OK, that she could find the right people to take over,” a source told the trade.
Glowczewska, who had been with Traveler since its inception in 1987, has long been considered “untouchable” as the former protege of Condé Nast editorial director Thomas Wallace. Unfortunately for her, Wintour isn’t one to let sentimental attachments get in the way of profitability.