Every Day Publisher Jumps to WWD
The staffing war between Condé Nast and the Reader’s Digest Association just got a little more interesting.
Christine Guilfoyle, publisher of Every Day with Rachael Ray since its launch in 2005, has left the magazine to become publisher of Women’s Wear Daily. Daniel Lagani, president of the Fairchild Fashion Group part of Condé Nast, made the announcement today. Her appointment is effective in September.
The move put a stop, if temporary, to the seemingly one-way exodus of Condé Nast executives to ex-Fairchild CEO Mary Berner’s new reign at RDA.
Since Berner took over at RDA on March 7, the road between 4 Times Square and Reader’s Digest’s Pleasantville, New York offices has been crowded with ex-Berner cohorts looking to join their old boss’ battalion: Reader’s Digest president and group publisher Eva Dillon left Condé Nast’s Cookie on March 14; Suzanne Grimes, RDA’s food and entertaining president, left her gig as Condé Nast’s corporate ad sales director a day later; Alyce Alston, president, home and garden, health and wellness — and former VP and group publisher of Condé Nast’s W — left as CEO of De Beers North America to join Berner on March 22.
Prior to the wildly successful launch of Every Day, Guilfoyle was an advertising director for Better Homes & Gardens. She will be responsible for the publishing and advertising operations for the WWD brand.
The WWD job had been open since July, when DNR and WWD publisher Jay Spaleta was shifted by Lagani to group publisher of DNR and Footwear News.