(NEW YORK) Big shuffles at Bauer Publishing: Dan Wakeford is out as EIC of In Touch and Life & Style, 12 years after joining the European mag company’s stateside HQ. David Perel has been named editorial director of In Touch and Life & Style, effectively replacing Wakeford. Most recently, Perel was at American Media. Perel’s previous roles include editor in chief of American Media’s National Enquirer, which he joined in 1985. In addition, Perel was editor of Star, also an American Media title, as well as manager of Radar Online during the site’s relaunch. Since parting ways with American Media in August, Perel’s most recent gig has been as president of Next Act Media, an editorial consulting firm.
Wakeford arrived at Bauer in October 2002 as news editor of In Touch, hopping the pond for the gig after a two and a half year stint as news editor at Heat in the U.K. After serving as news editor of In Touch for a year and a half, Wakeford was promoted to executive ed of the weekly tabloid, a role he held for three and a half years. In September 2007, Wakeford began helming Life & Style in addition to his role at In Touch.
Expect Perel to ramp up Bauer’s digital presence for their tabloids. Meanwhile, Wakeford’s next move has yet to be announced.