Veteran Creative Director Joins Reader’s Digest | People on the Move
Harper's Bazaar's creative director jumps to Elle, The Atlantic and The New Yorker staff up, and more...
Courtney Murphy (pictured) has joined Trusted Media Brands as the new creative director for Reader’s Digest.
Murphy joins from Prevention, where had been creative director for the last two years. Before that, Murphy spent eight years as creative director at Good Housekeeping, and also served for a time as design director for AARP The Magazine.
At Reader’s Digest, Murphy will work across both print and digital, reporting to editor-in-chief Bruce Kelley—a familiar face; Kelley was the top editor at Prevention in 2015 when Murphy joined that brand.
“Courtney is as respected as they come as a creative director who knows how to elevate and unify top magazine brands across all channels,” said Kelley. “I am confident that her hard work, brilliance, and enthusiasm will help drive our fantastic digital growth while she also re-charges the loyalty of our massive Reader’s Digest readership.”
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
The completion of Hearst’s acquisition of Rodale ushered in a number of reunions, promotions, and departures at the formerly Rodale-owned magazines. Catch up on all of that here.
Niche publisher F+W Media dismissed nearly all of its executive team and brought on an interim CEO while the company seeks replacements. More on that here.
Longtime Harper’s Bazaar creative director Stephen Gan is shifting over to fellow Hearst title Elle, where he’ll take on the same role, effective immediately. Gan had been with Harper’s Bazaar for the past 15 years. He succeeds Ruba Abu-Nimah, who was hired to some degree of fanfare as Elle‘s first female creative director back in May, but lasted just eight months in the role.
The New Yorker has brought on a pair of additional writers to bolster its food coverage. Helen Rosner, who joins from Vox Media where she was most recently editor-at-large for Eater, will contribute essays and reported stories. Hanna Goldfield, who previously spent six years at The New Yorker before leaving to join T: The New York Times Style Magazine, will serve as the magazine’s food critic.
The Atlantic added a pair of new hires to its politics and policy team. Elaina Plott arrives from The Washingtonian as a staff writer, in which capacity she’ll primarily focus on Congress and national politics. Raihan Salam, who will maintain his current role as executive editor of National Review, will also write for The Atlantic on both domestic and international politics.
Glamour tapped CNN’s Samantha Barry as its next editor-in-chief, ending a months-long search for Cindi Leive’s replacement atop the masthead. More on that here.
Robyn Duda has left global B2B events giant UBM after seven years to begin her own event consultancy firm, Robyn Duda Creative. At UBM, she had most recently served as VP of brand strategy and experience design.
Bloomberg’s global head of digital innovation, Michael Shane, has jumped to creative agency Code and Theory, where he’ll serve as associate director of creative strategy.
Video news publisher NowThis has appointed John Laurence its first-ever deputy editor. He arrives from Britain’s Channel 4 News, where he was head of digital, and will report to editor Sarah Frank.
Photographer Nabile Quenum passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning in his Paris apartment, according to reports in the French media. Quenum was well known in the fashion industry for his contributions the likes of Vogue, GQ, New York magazine, and several others.