Mr. Brewster, who worked with Mr. Carey in the late '80s at Time Inc.'s now-defunct Life, said talks with Mr. Carey concerning a potential position at G&J had been "ongoing for the six months I've been in this job."
"I had a lot of staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m." over Mr. Brewster's offer, said Mr. Carey. Indeed, his phone calls to industry pals indicated his mind was not made up as recently as [Jan. 16]. "I loved The New Yorker and devoted my life to it for almost three years, but this is a bigger job ... backed with enormous resources from Gruner & Jahr and Bertelsmann."
Mr. Carey, who begins his new position Feb. 1, said an announcement about his replacement could come as early as next week. Names floated by Cond1 Nast insiders as potential replacements include Cond1 Nast Traveler publisher Lisa Hughes and New Yorker associate publisher David Kahn.
- Jon Fine
Copyright January 2001, Crain Communications Inc.