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After nearly 20 years as editor of Esquire magazine, David Granger will leave his post on March 31, Hearst Magazines announced Friday morning. Mr. Granger will be succeeded as editor by Jay Fielden, who has served as editor of Town&Country magazine and will become editorial director there.
Mr. Fielden has edited Town&Country since 2011, and from 2005 to 2009 served as editor of the now-defunct Men's Vogue.
"Jay has the intellectual curiosity, appreciation for style and sharp sense of humor that defines the Esquire brand," Hearst Magazines President David Carey said in a prepared statement. (The news was first reported by Women's Wear Daily.)
In the release, Hearst said that a new Town&Country editor in chief "will be named shortly."
It's not clear what's next for Mr. Granger, who has helped shepherd Esquire's digital transformation since taking over the top editorial job in 1997.
"I'm in awe of my staff and writers for their genius and their commitment to Esquire and I can't wait to see what new opportunities await me," Mr. Granger said in the prepared statement, which noted that Mr. Granger "has not announced his plans."
Under Mr. Granger, Esquire won 16 National Magazine Awards, though the men's magazine has suffered the same declines in advertising revenue that have plagued the entire industry.