Ms. Slattery succeeds Wendi Berger, who was named publisher at Fitness on March 28; Ms. Berger had been publisher at Child, but Meredith shut that book down on March 27. Ms. Berger, a veteran of titles including InStyle and Vanity Fair, has decided to leave Meredith but has agreed to stay on during the transition, the company said in a statement.
"We are thrilled to have someone with Lee's strong experience in women's lifestyle media join Fitness," said Tom Harty, exec VP, Meredith Publishing Group.
"Wendi has been a solid contributor to the company during her tenure, and we wish her success in her future endeavors," he added.
Ad pages at Fitness increased 20.1% in the first half of 2007 after a 3.6% decline during 2006, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.