David Haskell Named New EIC of New York Media | People on the Move
Steve Lacy will retire after two decades with Meredith, Parade.com has a new digital content director, and much more.
A day after Adam Moss announced that he will be stepping down from his role as editor-in-chief of New York Media, CEO Pam Wasserstein revealed that David Haskell, editor for business and strategy, will be Moss’ successor.
Haskell, who joined New York Media in 2007, will take over as EIC on April 1, and will oversee New York magazine and all of its verticals, Vulture, the Cut, Intelligencer, the Strategist and Grub Street. He will be the eighth EIC in the magazine’s 50-year-long history.
“When Adam told me that he’d be stepping down, it was quickly apparent to me that David should be the person to succeed him, and I’m thrilled that he accepted the challenge,” said Wasserstein in a statement.
So far in his tenure at the company, Haskell has edited nearly 300 features for the magazine. He has also served as the captain or co-captain of 14 special issues, including the 50th anniversary issue, “My New York” and the Obama presidency retrospective, “Hope and What Came After.”
In a memo to her staff that was shared with Folio:, Wasserstein said, “In the last few years, as editor for business and strategy (an admittedly-clunky title for an unusual role), he has conceived, assigned and edited features while working closely with me and many of our business, marketing, product and design colleagues, as well as outside partners, to extend our creative voice in important new ways. He has been instrumental in guiding the launch and growth of The Strategist.”
Prior to joining New York Media, Haskell served as the editor of Topic magazine, a publication he co-founded while a graduate student at Cambridge University in 2002, and later brought to New York in 2004.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Executive chairman and former CEO Steve Lacy will retire from Meredith Corp. on March 31, after 21 years with the company:
Lacy, who resigned from his role as CEO a year ago, was succeeded by Tom Harty, and has since held the position of executive chairman, working to remain an active part of the corporate leadership team. The chairman of the board of directors since 2009, Lacy will remain on the board though in a non-executive capacity.
In 1998, Lacy joined the company as chief financial officer, before transitioning into other operating roles, including leading Meredith’s digital group, broadcasting group and later, its publishing group. Eventually in 2006, he was named the president and CEO of the company, then three years later, he took on the role of chairman, spending a total of 12 years in the chief executive role.
During his tenure, Lacy lead the acquisitions of several titles, including the Martha Stewart brands and Allrecipes, grew Meredith’s profit threefold and oversaw the recent $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc.
Meghann Foye was named Parade.com’s digital content director:
In this newly created role, Foye will be tasked with leading a new team and overseeing the production and distribution of content across the site’s digital and video platforms. She will also work with AMG/Parade SVP and CCO Lisa Delaney, SVP and chief digital officer Mike McCracken and SVP and chief marketing officer, digital Monique Kakar to lead the official relaunch of Parade.com.
Foye, who recently served as the acting editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine last year, has held several other editorial roles for Bauer, Redbookmag.com, Seventeen and WomansDay.com.
Former West Coast editor of Glamour, Jessica Kantor, was named the new editor-in-chief of LALA Magazine:
Kantor is the first editor-in-chief of the print-only publication since it was founded by editorial director Sarah Harrelson in May 2017, and will be tasked with oversight of all editorial content for its print and social platforms, as well as special projects and events.
Most recently with Glamour, where she lead the Los Angeles office by booking and interviewing talent, producing photo shoots and events and assisting in the launch of the Women of the Year Summit, Kantor spent a total of 12 years at Conde Nast. Prior to Glamour, she served as the West Coast special projects editor for Vogue, and before that, she held editorial roles at both Vanity Fair and Allure.
ALM tapped Kibkabe Araya as its new in-house desk editor:
Araya will be tasked with overseeing five reporters for ALM’s publications, including Corporate Counsel, Law.com and The American Lawyer, who will be specifically focused on covering legal operations, innovations, technology, strategy and trends.
Most recently, Araya was the special projects editor at the California-based legal news provider, Daily Journal, where she oversaw monthly supplements and corporate law content. She has also contributed to several other publications including The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Comstock’s.
Harper’s Bazaar tapped Miguel Enamorado as its new fashion director this week, following the promotion of longtime fashion director Nicole Fritton to the role of executive fashion director. Enamorado most recently held the same role at Interview magazine and, according to a report from WWD, he will be tasked with assisting in photoshoots and fashion coverage, while Fritton’s new role was expanded to include leading and booking talent for fashion features, in addition to overseeing fashion and accessories content.
Mobolaji Dawodu was appointed as the new fashion director for GQ, with fashion oversight for both GQ and GQ Style. In addition to having worked with GQ editor-in-chief Will Welch in the past on GQ Style, Dawodu previously served as the style editor-at-large for The Fader. And beyond editorial, he has also done costume design for the films “Queen of Katwe” and “Mother of George.”
After departing from her role as entertainment director for American Vogue last year—a role that she held since 1999—Jill Demling was appointed as entertainment director-at-large for British Vogue, effective immediately. Reporting to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Demling will be tasked with overseeing entertainment bookings for the magazine.
Newport Life Magazine tapped Fred Albert as its new top editor, succeeding Annie Sherman, who left at the end of last year. Most recently, Albert served as the communications director for I-Park Foundation, Inc., but he has held several editorial leadership roles, including serving as the editor of the Nob Hill Gazette, a monthly luxury lifestyle magazine based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as the editor-in-chief of design magazine, Style 1900.
Libby Hill is joining IndieWire in the newly created role of TV Awards editor, from the Los Angeles Times, where she served as a TV reporter since 2015. Based in the Los Angeles office, Hill will be responsible for year-round TV awards coverage, including interviews, analysis and in-depth reporting. She will also be tasked with representing IndieWire at For Your Consideration panels and events.
The Atlantic made two leadership appointments this week:
Andrew Phelps is joining the brand as the senior director of product on Feb. 4, and will be tasked with overseeing The Atlantic’s portfolio of subscriber experiences on both its website and iOS app. He comes from Apple News where he served as the head of product and partnered with engineers and publishers to evolve the Apple News iOS/Mac app.
Greg Litkey was named the VP of engineering, and starting on Jan. 29, he will be responsible for leading the company’s engineering teams in both Washington, D.C. and New York. Most recently, Litkey served as the executive director of technology and content management systems for the New York Times.
Food & Wine made several editorial hires and promotions this week, all effective immediately:
- Kat Kinsman, who most recently served as the senior Food and Drinks editor for Meredith’s Extra Crispy, is taking on the role of senior editor.
- New associate restaurant editor Oset Babur is joining F&W from Harvard Magazine where she was the digital media manager and staff writer.
- Justin Chapple was promoted to culinary director-at-large from his role as culinary director.
- Former restaurant editor Jordana Rothman was named restaurant editor-at-large.
The first editorial hires for the relaunched Gawker were announced by CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy this week:
- Former Architectural Digest entertainment editor Carson Griffith will be Gawker’s editorial director.
- Benjamin Barna, who most recently held the role of features editor at Interview magazine, will be a senior editor.
- Maya Kosoff, who stepped down from her role as a reporter for Vanity Fair at the end of last year, will be a staff writer.
- And also coming on as a staff writer is freelancer and former staff writer for Cosmopolitan, Anna Breslaw.
Condé Nast’s Joanna Dodd Massey, stepped down from her role as head of communications for Condé Nast Entertainment:
She will be starting her new strategy and communications consultancy, J.D. Massey Associates Inc., and will work with Condé during its launch. Her new firm will work with boards, CEOs and founders to focus on corporate brand risk and reputation management.
As head of CNE communications, Dodd Massey was tasked with managing employee communications and media relations, overseeing the public relations staff and supervising publicity for CNE’s content. Before Condé, Dodd Massey served as the SVP of corporate communications at Lionsgate and the SVP of corporate communications and publicity at the Hub Network.
Bauer Media Group named Daniela Mertens as its new global business partner for human resources, responsible for the company’s talent management strategy. Mertens has over 15 years of HR experience and has managed M&As, as well as global talent initiatives for companies like Johnson & Johnson, Accenture and Ernst & Young. Most recently, she served as the international human resources director for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in the UK.
NewBeauty named Tammy Cohen as the new head of sales. Coming from Redbook, where she served as the advertising director, Cohen will use her 30 years of experience in the beauty industry to lead media sales across NewBeauty’s digital and social platforms, as well as oversee the native advertising, branded and integrated content.
Sam Shanahan and Kyle Taylor were promoted to the roles of Midwest director and East Coast director, respectively, within the in-market sales division of Hearst Autos’ Jumpstart Automotive Media group this week. Shanahan previously served as an account director based out of the Royal Oak, Michigan office, and Taylor served as the integrated sales director in the New York City office. Both will be tasked with leading in-market revenue generation for Jumpstart’s advertising solutions, nationally and regionally.
Marijuana Business Daily named Jess Tyler as its new VP of events. Tyler previously worked at Access Intelligence, Folio:’s parent company, as the publisher of AdMonsters. In her new role, she will be tasked with leading several industry conferences and trade shows including MJBizCon, MJBizCon NEXT and MJBizCon INT’L.
Former senior writer for the Weekly Standard, Michael Warren, and former fact checker Holmes Lybrand are joining CNN’s Washington bureau.
Amanda Whiting moved to the role of contributing editor for the Washingtonian magazine from her position as staff writer, according to Politico’s Morning Media newsletter.
Former social media manager for Conde Nast’s Epicurious, Becky Hughes, is joining NYT Cooking as its new social media editor, tasked with running the brand’s Instagram account, as well as focusing on growing audience engagement on that and other social platforms. She starts on Jan. 22.
Ben Hulac is joining CQ Roll Call to cover energy and climate from his role as a reporter for Climatewire/E&E News.
Washington Examiner defense and national security reporter Travis Tritten has left his position to join Bloomberg Government as a senior reporter. White House correspondent for the magazine, Robert Donachie, has also left his role to become the communications director for Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas). And Politico’s Morning Media newsletter also reports that Joe Williams, a business reporter for the Examiner, is joining Fox Business to cover corporate America and the financial markets.
The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group announced several layoffs this week, according to a report from Variety. Approximately 22 staffers, including THR and Billboard chief marketing officer Dana Miller, Billboard managing editor Jayme Klock and several New York-based staff, were let go as part of a reorganization effort.
Wired also announced layoffs this week. Five staffers, including digital producer Lydia Belanger, senior writer Brian Raftery and senior editor Alexis Sobel Fitts, were let go, and a report from Slate says that two members of the art staff were also eliminated from the magazine as well.