2012 September 4
Joanna Coles Named EIC of Cosmopolitan; Anne Fulenwider To Helm Marie Claire
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(NEW YORK) Adieu, summer, and bonjour, new media landscape. Joanna Coles is decamping from her post as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire to helm Cosmopolitan; after six years at MC. Coles' new title is effective September 10, although she is expected to switch offices shortly. Cosmo editrix Kate White, who ran the title for 14 years, will stick around the Hearst Tower through year's end to wrap up a few projects, for which she'll continue reporting to David Carey. White's next move, according The NY Times, will be to focus on her authorly aspirations. To date, White has penned eight mystery novels and four non-fiction works, the most recent of which is an advice title, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, that White is currently wrapping up. White has been in the top chair at Hearst's splashy, sexy moneymaker since 1998, prior to which she was formerly editor-in-chief of Child, Working Woman, McCall's, and Redbook.
Before heading up MC, for which Coles nabbed Adweek's "Editor of The Year" accolade in 2011, the Brit-bred editrix was executive editor at More for a year and a half, prior to which she was New York's articles editor from 2001 to 2004. Coles' industry background before entering the American glossy grind? A series of stints at British newspapers, including The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Coles is no stranger to appearing on the small screen, vis-à-vis her mentor gig on Project Runway All Stars this year, following a push to make MC part of the reality show before the All Stars spinoff, plus a 2008 Style Channel reality show set in MC's HQ, Running In Heels. Back during her newsprint days, Coles had a series of newsier on-screen stints as side projects. Thus, perhaps we can expect a JoCo hosted, Cosmo reality vehicle of some sort on the horizon.
As for Coles' successor at Marie Claire, an announcement is expected within 24 hours. However, don't bank on those Nina Garcia rumors that have been swirling around, according to a Hearst spokesperson. Ganders at MC's next leading lady? Your Daily is anticipating a major shakeup involving a current EIC in lieu of an internal promotion. Leave your predictions in the comments, s'il vous plait.
UPDATE: Just a few hours later, the masthead shakeups are moving forward! Marie Claire's next EIC is Anne Fulenwider, who's leaving her editor-in-chief title at Brides after 11 months at the Conde title. The appointment brings Fulenwider back to familiar stomping grounds: she was executive editor at MC from 2009 to 2011. So, who will head up Brides in Fulenwider's wake? Ready, set, speculate...
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