NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Conde Nast Media Group chief Richard Beckman is among the executives being considered to succeed Walter Anderson as chairman-CEO of Parade Publications, a Conde Nast insider confirmed today.
Conde Nast announced Mr. Anderson's retirement late today, saying he will stay on until a successor is named. A Conde Nast spokeswoman declined to discuss potential successors. "The company is looking at highly qualified candidates, a number of them," she said. "At this time it would be inappropriate for anyone to comment beyond that."
But Mr. Beckman's name has surfaced in conversations about Parade's next leader. He is not the only possibility, it seems, with other candidates at Conde Nast, Parade and outside the Advance Publications Group that houses them all.
But even if Mr. Beckman is not moved to run Parade, the mere fact that he's being considered for the position gives credence to rumors building in Conde hallways that his time atop the Conde Nast Media Group is approaching its end.
Mr. Beckman joined Conde via The New Yorker in 1986, going on to serve as publisher of Conde Nast Traveler, GQ and Vogue. Mr. Beckman became president of the newly formed Conde Nast Media Group in 2004, setting about building elaborate multiplatform programs involving many of Conde Nast's magazines. One of those programs, Fashion Rocks, is on ice at least for this year because of the recession.
It's not clear how much Mr. Beckman might want the job running Parade, a huge but decidedly unsexy business whose headquarters is across town from Conde's power center at 4 Times Square. He has been viewed as a contender to eventually succeed Charles H. Townsend as Conde's president-CEO.
Jack Kliger had been a rising executive at Conde Nast until he was moved laterally to Parade in 1997, a move that helped clear the way for Mr. Townsend to become Conde's next president-CEO. Mr. Kliger jumped to Hachette, as president-CEO, just two years later.
Mr. Beckman did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment on deadline; a spokeswoman for Mr. Beckman referred inquiries to the Conde Nast spokeswoman.
The vacancy at Parade adds to the list of open questions facing Conde, which moved Conde Nast Traveler Publisher Lisa Hughes to The New Yorker last week, among other changes, without a successor ready.