2012 September 30

Eric Wilson on Needleman: She's Debbie To Me

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At Viktor & Rolf, we asked New York Times cutie Eric Wilson for his thoughts on Deborah Needleman moving into the building. Plus! His vote on who should take over her office at WSJ.

When did you find out about Deborah Needleman taking over T?
We heard it was going in that direction for a couple of weeks, and we saw the confirmation at the same time that everybody else did. 

Are you and Deborah friends?
We're friendly. I have a lot of respect for her. She did a great job giving The Wall Street Journal a fashion magazine that was credible. That vision can easily be applied to The New York Times. The business component that she brought to the magazine was really fascinating, especially right now. 

Do you call her Deborah or Debbie?
I always thought it was Debbie based on her Twitter handle. You get to know people so intimately that way. Whether she likes it or not, she's Debbie Needles.

Who gets your vote to fill her role at WSJ.?
There aren't as many logical candidates in that area of people in their forties who would be a right fit. There are a lot of great young people coming up, and a lot of people with experience, but there's not a lot of great talent in the middle right now. It will be a challenge. If she has an interest, Vanessa Friedman is an obvious guess.

It doesn't appear that she wants it.
It's a very different position than just being an editor. It's either your ambition or it's not. Some people just haven't thought of things in that way.

Any highlights over the past few weeks?
The weather! 

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