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.
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.
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