The Portfolio Shuffle
Take another editorial staffer off the masthead of Condé Nast’s Portfolio. Women’s Wear Daily—which is also owned by Condé Nast—reports today that senior writer Katrina Brooker is the latest in a series of editorial staffers to leave the magazine.
Brooker will return to Fortune, where she served as senior writer for eight years before joining Portfolio, the report says. A Fortune spokesperson confirmed Brooker’s return but would not confirm her start date or title. Before leaving Fortune in June 2006, Brooker was a reporter at Forbes and the Wall Street Letter, and was an analyst at Citibank.
The personnel exodus from Portfolio began early last month when editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman reportedly fired deputy editor Jim Impoco. Tempers flared between the two when a story written by senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, which Impoco campaigned for, was cut from the lineup. Eichenwald later resigned. The shuffling continued a few weeks later when Jeffrey Chu, senior associate editor, decided to leave the magazine to join Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company.
On Monday, Portfolio named longtime Wall Street Journal “Personal Journal” editor Hilary Stout as senior editor. Stout is the sixth ex-WSJ staffer now at Portfolio. (Before signing on with Condé Nast, Lipman had been with the WSJ since 1983, most recently as deputy managing editor.) Portfolio also recently added former Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grove and media reporter Jeff Bercovici, most recently a senior writer at Radar.
Portfolio‘s third issue is due to hit newsstands next week.