Adrienne Cleere is out as publisher of House Beautiful
after only four months on the job, replaced by Jeff Burch, former associate publisher at Cosmopolitan
. The original appointment of Ms. Cleere had been considered an unsual one since her previous title had been VP-international marketing at Bloomingdale's.
For the past week, staffers had been kept in the dark and were told only that Ms. Cleere was out on a "personal emergency." She could not be reached Monday either at her office or apartment in Manhattan. The company said she had resigned in an official announcement released late Monday afternoon.