After eight years leading InStyle, Time Inc. announced on Tuesday that Editorial Director Ariel Foxman has resigned from the media brand to "explore new opportunities." His last day will be on August 4, after the September issue closes, and an interim editor will be named soon.
"There's really very little subtext here," said Foxman to WWD. "I want to take what I've learned and apply it elsewhere."
Foxman's role expanded and evolved greatly during his time at InStyle, as the magazine morphed from pure publication to media brand. In January 2015 he was promoted to editorial director of both his title and People StyleWatch, in a multi-dimensional role not unlike Anna Wintour's at Condé Nast and Joanna Coles's at Hearst. In March, Time Inc. announced a consolidation of InStyle's digital presence — also overseen by Foxman — that linked InStyle.com with Mimi, The Outfit, xoJane and xoVain.
Foxman started his career at Condé Nast as an assistant at Details and then the New Yorker. At 29 years old, he was working at InStyle when S.I. Newhouse hired him to launch Cargo, a shopping guide for men which closed after two years. Foxman joined InStyle as editor-in-chief in 2008.
"Under Ariel's leadership, InStyle has achieved the largest circulation at the highest subscription price paid and has consistently led the fashion competitive set as the No. 1 newsstand seller for 18 consecutive years," said Time Inc. Vice Chairman Norman Pearlstine in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to invest in InStyle, our fashion and beauty powerhouse, as we transform it into a multimedia multiplatform brand."