Heads Roll at Condé Nast, Harper’s Bazaar Names New Editor at Large

by Eddie Roche

Things were pretty gloomy at Condé Nast today, where layoffs hit Glamour and Vanity Fair. VF is parting ways with  managing editor Chris Garett, features editor Jane Sarkin, and deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown. VF‘s executive director of communications, Beth Kseniak was also let go.

Glamour has let go deputy fashion editor Jillian Davison,  deputy fashion director Sasha Iglehart, West Coast editor Jessica Kantor, and sex and relationships editor Cady Drell. The communications team was also released.

We reached out to Condé Nast for a statement: “Vanity Fair and Glamour are taking the first steps in reshaping their teams to reflect the new editorial directions of the brands, with new additions and initiatives to be announced shortly. The priority for each is to create quality and provocative content across all platforms equally, embracing the next generation of readers and viewers.”

In more uplifting news, Deborah Needleman has been named editor at large at Harper’s Bazaar, effective immediately.  She will report directly to Bazaar EIC Glenda Bailey, and be responsible for contributing story ideas.

Needleman left T: The New York Times Style Magazine Magazine of her own accord in late 2016 after four years at the helm. She was the founding editor of WSJ magazine, where she created the annual Innovator Awards as well as the paper’s weekend ‘Off Duty’ section. She was also the EIC of Domino magazine.  In addition to her role at Bazaar, she is working on a writing and research project and has a new column — Material Culture — launching this month in T magazine, in which she examines different crafts in different countries.

“Having worked in this industry for the last twenty-five years I’m energized by the opportunity to work on a brand with such a rich history like Bazaar,” Needleman said in a statement.  “I am looking forward to consulting with Glenda on her vision of bringing new ideas and voices into Harper’s Bazaar.”


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