Founding 'StyleWatch' Editor in Chief Let Go

Susan Kaufman is out as Ariel Foxman steps into a new role overseeing 'StyleWatch' and 'InStyle.'
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Susan Kaufman is out as Ariel Foxman steps into a new role overseeing 'StyleWatch' and 'InStyle.'
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Call it the Anna Wintour effect: InStyle editor in chief Ariel Foxman has been promoted to editorial director of both his title and People StyleWatch

The first big change under Foxman? StyleWatch's editor in chief Susan Kaufman, who founded the mag, has been let go. Foxman will be responsible for naming her replacement. 

According to a press release, his promotion was made as part of an effort by Time Inc. to increase its "fashion footprint" on newsstands and create "a content, services and commerce platform under the InStyle umbrella." Much like Wintour at Condé Nast and Joanna Coles at Hearst, Foxman will retain his role as editor in chief of InStyle while helping direct content at his sister brand. "I am confident that Ariel’s deep understanding of the consumer, coupled with his creative vision and strong business acumen, will lead to growth and opportunity for the StyleWatch brand, as it has for InStyle," says Time Inc. executive vice president Evelyn Webster, to whom Foxman will report. 

InStyle publisher Nina Lawrence will also have oversight at StyleWatch; current StyleWatch publisher Stephanie Sladkus will retain her role.