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James Truman Replaced by 'Traveler' Editor Thomas Wallace

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NEW YORK ( -- The editorial director of Conde Nast Publications, James Truman, has stepped down today, the company announced.
Thomas J. Wallace is the new editorial director of Conde Nast Publications.
He will be replaced by Thomas J. Wallace, the longtime editor in chief of Conde Nast Traveler.

Mr. Truman had been in his position since 1994. He replaced the 81-year-old Alexander Liberman, who had been editorial director for 31 years, in a move that implied a seismic generational shift within the gossipy hallways of Conde Nast.

Return to Europe
Mr. Wallace's appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Truman, according to the statement, will return to Europe.

Mr. Truman's initial legacy to Conde Nast was men's magazine Details, which he had edited to critical kudos. But it failed to find footing after his departure until it was resurrected by corporate sibling Fairchild Publications in 2000. He is likely, though, to be closely identified with the success of the shopping magazines category, as he and editor in chief Kim France conceived the pioneering U.S. shopping title Lucky.

Lucky, launched in 2000, has already spawned a host of other such titles and two in-house offshoots, the male-aimed Cargo and the forthcoming home-oriented Domino.

Conde Nast executives did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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