Scientific American Editor, President to Step Down; 5 Percent of Staff Cut
Changes come as part of transition to Nature Publishing Group.
The Nature Publishing Group, which includes Scientific American, has reduced its overall workforce by 5 percent, Scientific American president Steven Yee told FOLIO: Thursday.
While he declined to say exactly how many employees were let go, Yee said the cuts came from the groupâ€™s New York office. Scientific American, which is owned by book publisher Macmillan, transitioned to its Nature Publishing Group last fall.
The cuts came from the groupâ€™s production, administration and office services divisions, Yee said.
â€śWe've been working on the integration since January andÂ recently decided to combine and centralize a number of our operations,â€ť Yee told FOLIO:. â€śScientific American retains its editorial functions and our brand. This is the bringing together of two iconic brand in the science arena.â€ť
Through the first quarter, Scientific Americanâ€™s ad pages were down 18.1 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.
Editor, President to Step Down
Meanwhile, longtime Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie is planning to leave the magazine in June after 15 years, Yee said. Executive editor Mariette DiChristina will step in as acting editor-in-chief following his departure.
Yee also is planning to step down as president sometime this summer, following the magazineâ€™s â€śinitial integrationâ€ť into the Nature Publishing Group. While he declined to offer specifics about his plans, Yee said he will pursue a â€śdesign-related entrepreneurial venture.â€ť