'Glamour' and 'Self' Combine Operational Departments Following Layoffs

'Glamour' is also unifying its print and digital teams under single department heads.
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The July 'Glamour' cover. Photo: Glamour

The July 'Glamour' cover. Photo: Glamour

In February, Condé Nast announced that Glamour and Self's advertising team would be unified under Glamour publisher Connie Anne Phillips's leadership — following the exit of Self's publisher in November — to better leverage both magazines' combined audiences with marketers. Now, Condé is uniting Glamour and Self even further: On Wednesday, a representative for Glamour confirmed that moving forward, both magazines will share an operations team. The same copy, research, and production departments will serve both brands, and will be led by both Glamour Managing Editor LaToya Valmont and Self Managing Editor Erin Hobday. Both titles also already share a social media team, led by Associate Social Media Director Kenny Thapoung, who was previously at Self. 

A rep confirmed that "a handful of positions were eliminated" as a result of this restructure. Fashionista has heard from several sources that seven people were let go on Wednesday. A statement released by Glamour states: "Our mission here is to create a thriving modern media brand that redefines what fulfillment means to American women. Today we announced a reorganization that will streamline the brand through a more forward-thinking structure — one that will give everyone on our staff the opportunity to succeed in our new media landscape."

That's not all the changes at Glamour, either: The magazine's editorial departments are no longer separated by print and digital lines, but rather by content areas (beauty, fashion, entertainment) led by one department head. For example, WWD reports that Jane Keltner de Valle will lead the entire Glamour fashion news team. In addition, editorial and advertising designers will combine into one art department led by Paul Ritter, Glamour's creative director. 

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