Longtime Vogue Editor Leaves for Snapchat | People on the Move
The first layoffs take place under new Hearst Magazines president Troy Young, Vanity Fair alum Michael Carl heads to luxury fashion brand Hermès, and more.
Vogue accessories and special projects editor, Selby Drummond, is leaving Condé Nast after seven years with the company to take on the newly created role of head of fashion and beauty partnerships at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. She will begin her new position in mid-October and will report to head of talent partnerships Lauren Gallo.
In the new role, Drummond will be responsible for all of Snap Inc.’s strategy and outreach efforts to fashion designers, industry creators, and influencers, and will lead engagement efforts around major events in the fashion and beauty space.
According to a report from Business of Fashion, a replacement for Drummond hasn’t been named, however, “a representative for Vogue said her responsibilities will be redistributed among the Vogue market team by fashion director Virginia Smith.”
As the accessories and special projects director, Drummond oversaw a department of 11 editors and freelancers who were responsible for all coverage of shoes, bags, jewelry and small accessories. She also represented Vogue at domestic and international fashion weeks and events in order to source talent and identify trends that were then covered in print and digital.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
The first Hearst Magazines staffers have been let go under new president Troy Young. Executive director of editorial talent, Jon Gluck, and VP of communications, Flavie Lemarchand-Wood, both of whom were hired in September 2017, have been dismissed from the company, according to a New York Post report.
Gluck, who was hired by former chief content officer Joanna Coles, joined Hearst from Condé Nast where he had served as the managing editor of Vogue. Lemarchand-Wood formerly worked at Priceline where she was VP of global communications.
Former fashion director of Vanity Fair, Michael Carl, who was let go soon after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones took over at the magazine, was appointed as the first VP of press and influence at Paris-based luxury brand, Hermès, WWD reports. Prior to VF, Carl worked at Nylon and Interview. He begins this new position next week in the New York office, and will report to SVP of communications, Peter Malachi.
The sale of Purch’s U.S.-based consumer-facing brands and its RAMP ad tech platform to UK-based Future plc was completed today, and Purch’s remaining business-focused b2b unit has been rebranded as Business.com. Former president and COO of Purch, Doug Llewellyn, has been named CEO of Business.com, while the company’s former CEO Greg Mason will remain an advisor to its board. In his new capacity, Llewellyn and his team will continue to focus on expanding the marketplace of small business owners through multiple channels.
“Doug had the vision to identify and acquire businesses complementary to Purch to create Business.com and is the ideal person to lead this business to future successes,” said Ralph Terkowitz, a representative of the board, in a statement.
B2B residential construction and remodeling publisher, Fine Homebuilding, announced two promotions this week in response to its growing initiative, #KeepCraftAlive, which serves as an industry leadership program that supports those who want to pursue a path in skilled trades.
Rob Yagid, who currently serves as the brand’s editorial director and has been at Fine Homebuilding Magazine since 2007, is taking over as the founder and executive director of Keep Craft Alive. Yagid started the program as a social media hashtag to showcase pride in construction craft and has sense developed it into a scholarship and educational awareness opportunity within the industry.
In response to Yagid’s appointment, Justin Fink has been promoted to editorial director of Fine Homebuilding. Fink has been with the brand since 2004, starting as an editorial intern, and most recently held the role of editor. “[Fink] has worked so closely with Rob over the years, this transition will be seamless and allow for us to flourish under Justin’s editorial vision, while Rob builds out the next phase of #KeepCraftAlive,” said group publisher/SVP Renee Jordan in a statement.
Toby Harnden was tapped as the Washington Examiner’s new managing editor. Starting Oct. 1, he will replace Philip Klein, who has served in that capacity since 2015. Klein is moving to executive editor in order to focus more on writing. Harnden is currently the Washington bureau chief for The Sunday Times of London.
Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind is joining The Wall Street Journal to cover New York politics. Vielkind was a founding member of Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau and was named bureau chief in November 2013, where he currently coordinates the largest bureau at the capitol, reports and writes articles and analyses state politics, and has been a regular contributor to Politico New York’s magazine. He has reported on New York state government and politics since 2008, first as a correspondent for the New York Observer and later at the Albany Times Union.
Taha Ahmed was appointed to Forbes’ newly created position of strategic investment associate. In this management role, Ahmed will be responsible for focusing on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture investments, and partnerships, as well as helping to identify areas of future growth within digital media for the company, including in emerging areas, such as artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain.
Ahmed joins the brand after three years at Group Nine Media, where he most recently held the title of manager, corporate development & strategic planning. Before that, he served a Goldman Sachs analyst. “With the addition of Taha, we will be developing a more robust acquisition strategy for future innovation and growth,” said Mike Federle, CEO of Forbes Media in a statement.
Former Bloomberg Law president, Scott Mozarsky, is joining Vannin Capital as its managing director. Mozarsky departed Bloomberg Law this summer, but prior to that, had been responsible for leading Bloomberg’s business across the legal market and for guiding the Bloomberg Next organization across Bloomberg’s industry verticals, including Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
In his new role, Mozarsky will be responsible for the overall North American business and will be located in Vannin’s New York City office.
Bloomberg tapped Simon Casey as its new leader of the brand’s energy coverage in the Americas. Since 2015, Casey served as the agricultural team leader for the company, and James Attwood, current metals and mining coverage leader, is set to succeed him in that role. Casey joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a commodities reporter and prior to that, spend four years as an online editor and deputy editor of Metal Bulletin.
The Outline, the culture website startup by Joshua Topolsky—which recently raised over $5 million in its second fundraising effort—reportedly laid off six of its 24 employees according to tweets from the recently dismissed staffers. Staff writer Paris Martineau announced that “The Outline just laid off all their staff writers,” and site developer Erik Hinton also confirmed that he had been laid off along with several other co-workers from the brand.
Other layoffs include staff writer Ann-Derrick Gaillot, executive assistant and office manager Wynton Wong, and front-end developer Anneka Goss, according to a tweet from managing editor of U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Peter Sterne.
Former CEO and current chairwoman of 360i, Sarah Hofstetter, was hired by comScore as its new president, effective Oct. 4. In her new role, Hofstetter will be responsible for comScore’s commercial strategy, including marketing and sales, as well as the continued advancement of the company’s Movies Reporting & Analytics product group.
In her 13 years at 360i, Hofstetter helped to building the company from a small interactive shop into a multinational advertising agency with over 1,000 employees, and has built partnerships with brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelēz International, NBCUniversal and Nestle.