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2012 October 10

Marie Claire's New Hires

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(NEW YORK) Marie Claire is adding a duo of new editors to the upper tiers of its masthead, the first additions under recently appointed EIC Anne Fulenwider. Riza Cruz has been named executive editor, coming to the mag from her senior editor post at Vogue after six years at the mag. As for the entertainment director title, MC is doing a swap with Cosmopolitan, placing Tracy Shaffer in the title under Fulenwider after Joanna Coles brought on Shaffer's predecessor, Dana Stern, last week to helm Cosmo's entertainment department. 

Prior to joining Vogue in 2006, Cruz was features editor at Real Simple for two years. Cruz will begin her new gig at MC on October 29. This isn't Cruz's first time professionally crossing paths with Fulenwider, who was named editor-in-chief of Marie Claire on September 4. “[Cruz is] an extraordinary talent and a great editor. We worked together at Vanity Fair, and I’m looking forward to collaborating again,” Fulenwider said in a statement. Cruz also did stints at Inc. and Business 2.0. 

Since decamping for Cosmopolitan, Coles has brought a spate of MC staffers up a few floors over the past couple of weeks (to wit: Abby Gardner on the digital front, Sergio Kletnoy as her exec assistant, Stern in the entertainment realm, and executive editor Joyce Chang). As for Fulenwider's latest Cosmo-sourced masthead addition, L.A.-based Shaffer has been Cosmo's entertainment director since 2004. Before joining Cosmo, Shaffer was managing director at PMK Public Relations for a decade. 

In addition to the new hires, there's a promotion in the mix: longtime features director Lea Goldman is getting bumped up to features & special projects director. Goldman's expanded title primarily involves overseeing Marie Claire @ Work, a quarterly supplement launched last October. "Lea will be instrumental in expanding Marie Claire @ Work to new levels of success," Fulenwider said in a release. Currently, the career-focused offshoot is poly-bagged with MC and available in digital issue form; at launch time last fall there was speculation of it eventually becoming a standalone title, perhaps taking shape now given Goldman's promotion.
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV 




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