Entrepreneur Editors Ask for Buyouts
Four editors receive severance packages upon request.
Four editors asked forâand receivedâbuyouts this week at Entrepreneur magazine.
The editors include: research editor James Park, associate/copy editor Kim Orr, associate editor (listings) Allison Gergley and associate Web editor Elizabeth Wilson.
âThey approached us and said if we were thinking of doing layoffs that theyâd be interestedâ in leaving the magazine, Entrepreneur vice president and corporate publisher Ryan Shea told FOLIO:. âWe werenât expecting to lay anyone off, but figured that if these people arenât happy then itâs affecting their work here."
âWe didnât have to, but we offered them a nice severance package and parted ways,â he added.
Shea attributed the defections to the departure of longtime editorial director Rieva Lesonsky in April 2008. She was replaced last June by former WiesnerMedia business development vice president Amy Cosper, who serves as vice president and editor-in-chief.
âThe editors who left were hired by the previous manager,â said Shea. âSometimes when new management comes in, certain people hold loyalties to the former manager. And, hey, thatâs fine. Loyalty is hard to come by.â
Separately, designer Brian Takeda and junior designer John Cheresh quit recently, Shea said. Entrepreneur has seen numerous departures in recent months. In April, eight staffersâincluding the executive and managing editorsâwere said to have been laid off. Longtime president Neil Perlman retired earlier this year.
Entrepreneur plans to take advantage of the recent departures, according to Shea, by combining two of the editorial positions and the two design positions and hiring two replacements, as well as another online staffer.
âBottom line, weâre producing a better product with fewer, better people,â Shea said.
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