Mr. Townsend informed company staffers that Joseph Lagani will become the title's vice president and publisher.
Formerly at Meredith
Mr. Lagani had most recently been vice president and group publisher at Meredith Corp., overseeing Traditional Home and Country Home, but left the company after a realignment of top Meredith executives in early June. He replaces Lori Burgess, who is leaving Conde Nast.
Ms. Burgess, whose tenure at House & Garden was dogged by near-continuous rumors about that title's fate, returned to Conde Nast in early 2003 after a stint as publisher of Hachette Filipacchi Media US' Elle. She had been publisher of Conde Nast's Mademoiselle when it was shuttered in October 2001.
Ad page decline
House & Garden has struggled mightily in recent years, but the hiring of Mr. Lagani may signal the company's commitment to the title. Through July, its ad pages fell 15.6%, and for full-year 2003 its ad pages were down 13.6% to 867. Next year Conde Nast will launch Domino, its shopping magazine for the shelter space.
Mr. Lagani's appointment is effective immediately.