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Fox Out at Conde Nast

Calls Decision 'Mutual'; No Plans Set for Next Move

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Conde Nast's big changes today have expanded far beyond The New Yorker and Lucky, where the company ousted the publishers this morning, to include the departure of Mitch Fox, group president and publishing director -- and an executive once considered a contender to eventually take over the company.
Mitch Fox

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Mr. Fox, who confirmed news of his exit, had overseen Conde's Bridal Group, its golf magazines, Bon Appetit, W and Women's Wear Daily.

'An interesting job'
"This is an interesting job," he said by way of explanation today. "Because it is not expanding in its responsibilities nor is it changing in any way, we all kind of agreed that this is not a job that utilizes my abilities in the best way. Consequently, we mutually agreed that there's no need to bide my time here." He said he has no plans in place for his next move.

Conde Nast also named Drew Schutte, who has been publishing director at Conde's Wired Media, to succeed Lou Cona as publisher of The New Yorker. Mr. Cona was named to Amy Churgin's senior VP spot in the Conde Nast Media Group. It isn't clear whether there's a new position available for Ms. Churgin.

And Bill Wackermann, the VP-publisher for Glamour, was also named senior VP overseeing Glamour and Mr. Fox's old charge, the Bridal Group. It was not immediately clear how Mr. Fox's other direct reports would be reallocated.

Mr. Schutte, Ms. Churgin and Mr. Wackermann could not be immediately reached this afternoon.

A spokeswoman did not respond to messages left seeking comment. Today's changes included a changing of the guard at Lucky, the once-hot shopping title whose growth has stalled in the past two years.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story listed Allure, Conde Nast Traveler and Self as reporting to Mitch Fox. Those publishers report to Conde Nast CEO Chuck Townsend.
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