Sorry: Conde Nast Won't Replace Exiting Vogue Group Publisher

Tom Florio's Plum Job Atop Vogue, Other Titles Won't Be Filled

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NEW YORK ( -- For a moment after Conde Nast told staff that Vogue group publisher Tom Florio was leaving at the end of the month, it seemed like the former publisher of Vogue's rival Elle might have a shot at the job.

It was just two months ago that Carol Smith left Hachette Filipacchi, where she was senior VP and chief brand officer for the Elle group, to join Conde as VP-publishing director in charge of Bon Appetit and the Gourmet brand. But Conde has already shown its willingness to consider moving her. Executives thought about putting her in charge of Self when VP-publisher Kim Kelleher left for Sports Illustrated, according to people familiar with the situation. It wound up moving Teen Vogue VP-publisher Laura McEwan to the Self post instead.

Tom Florio
Tom Florio
Then today Conde Nast President-CEO Chuck Townsend told staff that Mr. Florio, a 25-year veteran of the company, is leaving at the end of June. Women's Wear Daily was the first to report the news.

Other candidates to succeed him could have included Pete King Hunsinger, the VP-publisher of GQ, and Bill Wackermann, senior VP-publishing director in charge of Glamour, Brides and Details. Susan Plagemann was named VP-publisher of Vogue in January.

But soon afterward a Conde Nast spokeswoman said the company will not name a successor to Mr. Florio. The publishers that reported to him -- including Ms. Smith and the publishers of Vogue, Teen Vogue and Conde Nast Traveler -- will now report to Mr. Townsend.

"Following a long and distinguished career, Tom Florio will leave Conde Nast at the end of June," Mr. Townsend said in the staff memo today. "Tom's contributions have been significant over the years -- spanning a multitude of brands including The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler and GQ. His creative approach to business has been particularly successful in expanding Vogue and Teen Vogue beyond print into digital platforms, television and retail. We wish him well as he pursues his new professional goals."

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