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Longtime Fairchild President Berner to Exit Cond� Nast



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01/04/2006

By Dylan Stableford

Berner's exit caps a year-long string of high-profile resignations for the once-formidable unit.

In a move that is bound to reverberate throughout the Cond� Nast�s 4 Times Square
offices, Mary Berner, longtime president of the company's Fairchild publishing unit, resigned late Monday.

Berner's exodus comes on the heels of a companywide restructuring
in September, in which the Fairchild unit became one of seven divisions within Cond� Nast. As part of that restructuring, a pair of Fairchild launches, Vitals and Vitals Woman, were shuttered.

�I have been running my own division for the last several years,� Berner said in a statement. �And after recent conversations regarding the new structure of Cond� Nast, I came to the conclusion that it was an appropriate time for me to pursue career opportunities outside of the company.� Berner had been president and CEO of Fairchild since 1999.

As part of today�s move, Jane, Details, and Cookie will now report to Cond� Nast Publications president and CEO Charles Townsend. Group president Mitchell B. Fox will assume responsibility for the fashion and retail groups�WWD, DNR, Footwear News, Menswear International, Supermarket News, In Furniture, Home Furnishing News�as well as W magazine and the Cond� Nast Bridal Group, in addition to his current role overseeing Golf Digest Publications. Fox will also report to Townsend.

High-Profile Exodus?

The exit of Berner is another in a mounting Jenga-like pile of high-profile exits at Fairchild. In July, Jane Pratt, Jane magazine's founder, announced
she would resign amid some speculation she was being forced out
.

In September, Details publisher Chris Mitchell resigned to become a partner and CEO of BDDW, a high-end furniture company
. Mitchell was not the only Fairchild exec to exit publishing last year. In April, W, W Jewelry and Vitals Network group publisher Alyce Alston left to become CEO of De Beers North America.

Also in September, Andrew Amill, ex-publisher and general manager of Fairchild Publications' Modern Bride Connections, Elegant Bride and Footwear News left the company for Weight Watchers International, Inc. and its 1.25 million-circ magazine.

SEE ALSO: Conde Nast Consolidates Magazines, Folds Two Others

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