David Kahn, 39, will be named publisher of Conde Nast Publications' The New Yorker later today. He succeeds David Carey, also 39, who on Tuesday resigned to become president-CEO of Gruner & Jahr's newly formed Business Information Group.
Mr. Kahn was recruited by Mr. Carey last May as associate publisher of The New Yorker. Previously he had been publisher of World Publications' Saveur. At The New Yorker, Mr. Kahn rounded out a troika of top Davids--with editor-in-chief David Remnick and Mr. Carey--to steer the (still) marginally unprofitable title to two years in which its ad page growth outpaced that of the industry at large. In 2000, its ad pages grew 16% to 2,408.4.
Mr. Kahn had turned down previous poaching attempts from other major publishing companies. Conde Nast execs had floated Conde Nast Traveler publisher Lisa Hughes as a potential replacement for Mr. Carey. Others pointed out that--at a company in which The New Yorker is the sole weekly--both Allure publisher Suzanne Grimes and Architectural Digest publisher Amy Churgin had experience publishing weeklies, at TV Guide and New York, respectively.
Mr. Carey's move caught the industry by surprise. Conde Nast is typically a destination for publishers rather than a jumping off point. In recent years, other defecting top publishers include former Vogue publisher Ron Galotti (who left to launch Talk with former New Yorker editor Tina Brown) and Glamour publisher Mary Berner (who became CEO of company sibling Fairchild Publications).
Mr. Carey was sounding out industry pals on the wisdom of his potential move as late as last Friday, but Gruner & Jahr and he sealed their deal last weekend.
Copyright January 2001, Crain Communications Inc.