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2010 April 6

Hearst Names New EICs for Town & Country, Veranda and House Beautiful

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(NEW YORK) Longtime Town & Country editor in chief Pamela Fiori is relinquishing her title at the magazine as part of a major series of executive appointments at Hearst. Town & Country, House Beautiful, and Veranda will all receive new editors in chief, announced Hearst president Cathie Black today.

Stephen Drucker, formerly EIC of House Beautiful, will make the move to Town & Country; Newell Turner, formerly style director of House Beautiful, will fill the top editor position at the title. Dara Caponigro, formerly a founding editor at Domino who spent 12 years at House Beautful prior to that, has been named editor in chief of Veranda. “Stephen, Newell and Dara are highly creative, talented and successful editors with extensive backgrounds across a wide and diverse group of magazines,” Black said in a release. “They all bring exciting new ideas and energy to their positions. I am confident that they will build on the distinguished work of their predecessors and will lead Town & Country, House Beautiful and Veranda, respectively, to many more years of continued success with readers and advertisers.”

Of course, with appointments come departures—but Fiori et al aren’t going far. Fiori, who has served as Town & Country’s editor in chief for 17 years, will become editor at large at the book, where she will work on books and editorial projects. Similarly, Lisa Newsom, who formerly led Veranda after founding it in 1987, will be named editor at large. “We thank Pamela and Lisa for shepherding two of Hearst’s most resplendent titles and representing Hearst and their devoted readers of their magazines with distinction,” said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Hearst Corporation’s vice chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to the continuation of the fine traditions each magazine embodies and the introduction of the fresh perspectives that new editors-in-chief will bring.”

Last summer, rumors swirled that Town & Country was quietly shopping for a replacement for Fiori—or that Hearst was considering shuttering the magazine altogether after a 43% drop in advertising pages. Although a Hearst spokesperson denied the rumors, there’s no doubt now that a major reorganization of all these lifestyle titles is in the works.

Town & Country has been an iconic brand for more than 160 years, evolving with the times but always recognizable as a symbol of quality and luxury,” Drucker said. “I plan to build on the T&C tradition of reflecting our readers’ lives, passions and pursuits, while adding exciting new contemporary voices and ideas to the already successful mix.”

“It's been a privilege and an honor to lead Town & Country for these past 17 years,” Fiori said. “I look forward to working with Stephen in this important transition and leading a variety of projects to extend the Town & Country brand. This new role allows me to continue to give our readers the best of what we have to offer.”

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