Last week we reported that Fairchild's nutty CEO Richard Beckman was jumping ship to head up a group of less-pretty trade magazines, including Billboard and MediaWeek. Now shopping guide Lucky publisher Gina Sanders will herself move to less pretty environs as she slides over to Condé Nast sibling Women's Wear Daily. Sources inside the company were shocked by Beckman's departure. We even suggested that the Fairchild Fashion Group might be done away with altogether--by either becoming a part of Condé Nast's Magazine Group or Beckman's new company, e5 Global Media. Looks like we were wrong. Sanders has been appointed CEO and president of the group, which includes WWD, Fairchild Books and Footwear News. (While Beckman had "thoughts" on W since it is an offshoot of WWD, he wasn't technically reigning over it, so neither will Sanders, according to a Condé Nast spokesperson.) Before Lucky, Sanders was the founding publisher of Teen Vogue. She has worked for the company for over 20 years. Of course, now we've got new questions. Who is taking over at Lucky? And what does this mean for the title? Sanders made it her priority over the last few months to increase the struggling magazine's relevance online through e-commerce initiatives. And does experience running a shopping mag and a teen glossy lend itself to leading a trade targeted to industry insiders? Watch this space as the story continues to develop.
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With its 'Mad Dog' Boss Moving On, What Happens to WWD?
Richard "Mad Dog" Beckman, CEO of Condé Nast's Fairchild Fashion Group--which includes WWD, W and Footwear News--has resigned to join e5 Global Media,
Editorial Musical Chairs: Kaplan, Christensen, and More
Since last week’s edition of Editorial Musical Chairs, the most noteworthy and surprising development has been Anne Christensen’s move to Glamour. She just left her fashion director position at T a few weeks ago, reportedly to focus on a freelance career, but instead will be Glamour’s new executive fashion director, effective August 24th. The position was previously held by Xanthipi Joannides, who left the magazine last month.
Will Style.com’s Move to Fairchild Mean Restrictions on Editor Gifts?
Style.com's move to the Fairchild Fashion Group got plenty of attention. But there's an elephant in the room yet to be addressed publicly. Fairchild has a strict no-press trips/ no-gifting policy. Will Style.com editors be forced to follow those same rules? If so, that would mean any work-related trip a Style.com editor or writer takes would have to be paid for by Fairchild. And they wouldn't be allowed to accept gifts. (Aka swag.) According to one source, "it was such an issue when W was at Fairchild that it was one of the internal reasons why they moved W to Conde."