Susan Crandell informed Jack Griffin, president of Meredith's magazine group, of her decision to resign last week. An e-mail memo from Mr. Griffin sent today to Meredith staffers said a search to replace Ms. Crandell was under way.
Plans to consult
"My plans are to work for the rest of my life, but never to work full-time for the rest of my life," said Ms. Crandell, 52. She said she planned to write and consult on editorial matters, which she did for Time Inc.'s In Style and for Smart Money, a co-venture of Hearst Magazines and Dow Jones & Co.
More launched in 1998 with Ms. Crandell as its executive editor and soon established itself as a stable presence serving women 40 and older. That niche had previously claimed an impressive body count, including the noble failures of Hachette Filipacchi Media US' Mirabella and independent title Lear's.
Last year More's ad pages rose 33.2% to 749, and for the first half of 2003 its circulation increased 18% to 852,884. Last fall it claimed a spot on Advertising Age's "A-List" of the industry's best magazines.