Harper’s Bazaar has seen a number of editorial changes since former executive editor Kristina O’Neill left the magazine to become the editor in chief of WSJ. Magazine in Oct. 2012, and now the glossy has added another top-level staffer to its masthead.
On Tuesday, Hearst announced that Stephen Mooallem will take on the role of executive editor at Harper’s Bazaar’s, effective Jan. 2. Mooallem is currently the editor in chief of Interview magazine, a position he’s held since 2009. He’s replacing Kimberly Cutter in the role, who’s leaving her year-long post at the magazine in order to work on her second novel. In a press release, editor in chief Glenda Bailey said, ”Stephen comes to us with great experience and a unique point-of-view that will continue to support the Bazaar mission to be timely but timeless.”
It’s interesting that Mooallem would leave his post as editor in chief of a major magazine — albeit one with a smaller circulation than Harper’s Bazaar — for a position as executive editor. His move is similar to the one Keija Minor made in 2011: She gave up her role as editor in chief of Uptown Magazine to become the executive editor at Condé Nast title Brides, later becoming Brides‘ editor in chief when Anne Fulenwider decamped for Marie Claire. Could there be a Hearst EIC-ship in his future?