'Gourmet,' 'Architectural Digest' Publishers Switch Places

Conde Nast President Wants to Give Execs New Challenges

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Conde Nast Publications today swapped the publishers of Gourmet and Architectural Digest magazines, pulling off a publisher shuffle without spilling a drop of blood.
Giulio Capua and Amy R. Churgin
Giulio Capua and Amy R. Churgin

Giulio Capua, VP-publisher of Gourmet since June 2002, was named VP-publisher of Architectural Digest; Amy R. Churgin, VP-publisher of Architectural Digest since November 1999, was shifted to fill Mr. Capua's spot. Their job exchange is effective immediately.

New set of eyes
Chuck Townsend, president-CEO of Conde Nast, made the change to give each executive a new set of challenges and each publication a new set of eyes, a spokeswoman said. Mr. Townsend took both Mr. Capua and Ms. Churgin to staff meetings with each magazine today to announce the change.

Insiders added, however, that tension between Ms. Churgin and Architectural Digest editor in chief Paige Rense were a big part of the reasoning behind today's move. The pair have had numerous disagreements about strategy and the direction of the magazine, which has also turned in a slow start to the year, one person said.

Both magazines are important performers at Conde Nast, which also owns high-end titles like Vogue and The New Yorker. Gourmet expanded ad pages last year by 7.3% for a total of 1,352, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Ad pages at Architectural Digest were essentially flat at 1,709, but the title remains one of Conde's top earners.
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