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Ms. Bernerâ€™s move comes three months after a reorganization transformed Fairchild Publications from a sibling of Conde Nast Publications into a subordinate unit, reporting to Charles H. Townsend.
â€śI happily ran a company for six years,â€ť Ms. Berner said today. â€śItâ€™s been an incredibly great experience. But I realized I like running the whole thing. I like the scope. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m good at.â€ť
She denied any resentment over the September reorganization that led to her decision to leave. â€śNothing was done to me,â€ť she said. â€śIt was a structural move that made a lot of sense.â€ť Fairchild should perhaps have been integrated into Conde Nast even earlier, she said.
Ms. Bernerâ€™s exit triggered a new reorganization at the company. Fairchild titles Jane, Details and Cookie will now report directly to Mr. Townsend, president-CEO, Conde Nast Publications. Fairchildâ€™s fashion and retail trade groups -- including WWD, DNR, Footwear News, Menswear International, Supermarket News and others -- as well as W magazine and the Conde Nast Bridal Group, will report to Mitchell B. Fox, group president, the Golf Digest Publications division of Conde Nast. Mr. Fox reports to Mr. Townsend.
Ms. Berner was named president-CEO of Fairchild Publications in 1999, the year that Conde Nast parent Advance Communications bought Fairchild from Disney for a reported $650 million. She was named Advertising Ageâ€™s Publishing Executive of the Year in 2004. Before joining Fairchild, she was VP-publisher, Conde Nastâ€™s Glamour, and previously worked at TV Guide and Working Woman.
She said she wants to make another run like the one she had at Fairchild but would not jump into anything. â€śIâ€™m going to make the right next choice,â€ť she said.