RON GALOTTI NAMED 'GQ' PUBLISHER

Former 'Talk' President Returns to Conde Nast

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Conde Nast Publications today made official what many in the magazine world had expected.

Ron Galotti, most recently president

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Ron Galotti returns to Conde Nast.
of Talk Media, will return once again to Conde Nast to serve as vice president and publisher of GQ. Mr. Galotti's appointment is effective Feb. 18.

A shuffling of top executives Jan. 28 was seen by many as creating an opening for Mr. Galotti to return.

Previous stints
In his two previous stints at Conde Nast, the legendarily aggressive Mr. Galotti was publisher of Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

Mr. Galotti did not return a call seeking comment by press time.

Talk magazine, the glitzy co-venture of Hearst Magazines and Miramax Films and chaired by Tina Brown, was shuttered Jan. 18. Even before the shutdown, it had been rumored, however improbable, Mr. Galotti was returning to Conde Nast.

When asked hours after Talk's closing if he would return to Conde Nast, Mr. Galotti told Advertising Age: "I don't know exactly what my future is going to hold."

Executive shuffle
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of executive changes at the publishing giant.

Peter King Hunsinger, the ousted executive vice president and chief marketing officer, was named president of the company's bridal magazines unit on Monday. Mr. Hunsinger was replaced Jan. 28 as marketing chief by Richard Beckman, who was promoted from publisher of Vogue. Meanwhile, the publisher's position at GQ opened when Tom Florio was tapped to replace Mr. Beckman at Vogue.

Though the company had initially said Mr. Hunsinger was leaving on Jan. 28, talks with the popular Mr. Hunsinger over an ongoing role at Conde Nast continued through last week.

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