Capping a year of speculation, Hearst Magazines today said Ed Kosner will step down as editor in chief of Esquire
"by mutual consent." No successor was immediately named although Hearst President Cathleen Black said through a spokeswoman that a search will be conducted. Randall Rothenberg, recently promoted to editorial director, will serve as interim editor. Ms. Black as recently as last month voiced support for Mr. Kosner and insisted he had not been given a deadline for turning around the troubled men's monthly. Despite ongoing speculation, the timing of the move was somewhat surprising since the June issue was pegged as a revitalization overseen by Messrs. Kosner and Rothenberg and Art Director Robert Priest. Reached today at his office, Mr. Kosner declined to elaborate on a brief statement in which he said he "did everything I could to give Esquire
the success it deserves." Asked what he will do next, Mr. Kosner said, "I'm going to take my time and figure out something." Mr. Kosner was named editor in chief of Esquire
in October 1993, after 13 years at the helm of New York Magazine
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