Dirk Standen, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s in-house branding agency, 23 Stories—which was relaunched as CNX last month—is leaving the company, according to a report by Business of Fashion.
His exit follows shortly behind the recent appointment of John Deschner as managing director of the CNX division, as well as last week’s announcement that CEO Bob Sauerberg was leaving in an effort to further integrate the U.S. and International divisions of the company and lean further into a digital-first strategy.
Standen had been with Condé for 15 years, starting as the deputy editor of the digital division, before spending a decade as the editor-in-chief of Style.com until 2015, when he briefly served as digital creative director at W Magazine before taking on his most recent role. As the founding editor of 23 Stories, Standen helped to establish a major revenue source for the company.
“Being the editor-in-chief of Style.com and working with such a talented group of people was the thrill of a lifetime,” said Standen in a statement shared with BOF. “Then as founding editor of 23 Stories, I got to work with many leading advertisers and help build a creative agency that quickly became one of the most successful divisions in the company. I’m looking forward to combining those experiences in my next adventure.”
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
The Fader tapped Eric Sundermann as its first head of content this week. He joins the magazine from Vice’s music media site, Noisey, where he served as its editor-in-chief and in his new role, he will be tasked with overseeing content from all extension of The Fader, including its print, digital, social and events platforms. Sundermann will report to publisher and president Andy Cohn.
Longtime Time magazine editor Michael Duffy left the magazine after over three decades to join the Washington Post, where he is taking over as acting deputy editorial page editor for Ruth Marcus, who is on book leave for the next year. Duffy most recently served as a contributing editor for Time, but has held several other positions at the title including deputy managing editor, nation editor, Washington bureau chief and editorial director of Time Inc.
Editor-in-chief of The Week Ben Frumin is joining The New York Times’ product review website Wirecutter as its new EIC. In his new role, which he begins on Jan. 7, Frumin will be tasked with overseeing all of the brand’s coverage as well as leading day-to-day editorial operations. He has been with TheWeek.com since 2011, when he joined as its deputy editor before being promoted to his current role as EIC in 2012.
The Atlantic made two recent editorial appointments, including hiring Sarah Laskow as its new senior editor on the Science-Technology-Health desk, who will be tasked with running the science team starting on Dec. 17. Laskow most recently was with Atlas Obscura, where she served as a senior writer covering the science space, and prior to that, was with Smithsonian Magazine, Center for Public Integrity and NPR.
And Elaina Plott, who joined The Atlantic in January of this year as a staff writer, was promoted to the role of White House correspondent. Most recently, Plott had been focusing on covering national politics with an emphasis on Congress.
David Myron was tapped as the editor-in-chief of ProSales, Hanley Wood’s lumber and building materials channel. He joins the magazine from research and advisory firm Gartner where he served as the director of event program management, and before that, he was with Information Today, CRM Magazine and Speech Tech Magazine.
In his new role, Myron will be tasked with leading the magazine’s editorial direction, digital coverage plans, daily execution, and ongoing executive in-person training programming on Hanley Wood’s ProSales, the ProSales 100 Business Conference, and a portfolio of digital products. He will report to VP and editorial director for the Residential Group John McManus.
Quartz appointed its first general counsel and director of corporate operations this week. Ava Lubell is joining the company from Slate where she had served as its general manager and general counsel, overseeing all legal work and day-to-day operations of the business.
In Lubell’s new role, which is aimed at establishing standalone corporate operations for the company following its separation from Atlantic Media this past summer, she will be tasked with directing Quartz’s legal strategy, as well as overseeing the legal, facilities, IT, and human resources functions. Starting on Dec. 17, she will report to CFO Tomoyuki Ota from the New York City headquarters and will work closely with Ota to build out that staff.
Christopher Rosen, who most recently served as the editorial director at Entercom, started as the editor-in-chief of TVGuide.com this week. Prior to his stint at the radio company, Rosen held the role of executive editor at Entertainment Weekly.
The Washington Examiner Magazine appointed Jay Caruso and Grant Addison as deputy editors this week. Caruso, who is joining the publication from the Dallas Morning News, where he served as an editorial writer, starts his new role on Dec. 24, and Addison, who most recently served as the program manager for education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, starts on Dec. 7.
Priscilla Alvarez is leaving her post as a politics editor and writer for The Atlantic to join CNN Politics as a reporter covering immigration policy and politics
J.J. Gould announced that he leaving The New Republic, according to Politico’s Morning Media Newsletter, after just over a year with the publication, following a month-long leave. Gould, who most recently served as TNR’s editor, and briefly filled in as its acting president following publisher Hamilton Fish V’s leave of absence in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, joined the brand in Sept. 2017, and prior to that, was at The Atlantic for over seven years where he led its website. According to Michael Calderone for Politico, Gould said that he “resigned amicably,” and that he is “pursuing something else.”
The New Republic reporter Nihal Krishan was selected as a Ben Bagdikian reporting fellow for Mother Jones starting this month.
Former writer and editor for Foreign Policy, Defense One, and HuffPost, Molly O’Toole is joining the Los Angeles Times as an immigration writer based in Washington, D.C.
Politico Pro’s Caitlin Emma is shifting from the education team to the budget and appropriations team. Anita Kumar is joining Politico next month as a White House correspondent and associate editor from McClatchy, where she covered the White House since 2012. And Politico technology reporter Ashley Gold is joining The Information as a reporter in the organization’s new Washington, D.C. bureau.