David Zinczenko Era at Men's Health Comes to an End

Contract Up for the Face of a Franchise Since 2000

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David Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men's Health and the most prominent face at Rodale, is parting ways with the company when his contract expires at the end of the year.

David Zinczenko
David Zinczenko Credit: Rodale

He will be succeeded as editor in chief by Bill Phillips, Rodale said in a statement confirming a report in the New York Post breaking the news of Mr. Zinczenko's departure. Mr. Phillips is editor of MensHealth.com and executive editor at Men's Health.

Mr. Zinczenko was named editor in chief at Men's Health in 2000, when he was 30 years old, and has continually elevated both his public presence and his company portfolio in the years since. He was named to the additional posts of editorial director of Women's Health in 2008, editorial director of Prevention and Organic Gardening in 2011 and general manager of the healthy living group in 2011.

The New York Post suggested that Mr. Zinczenko is looking to start a new concern with Stephen Perrine, publisher of Rodale Books. Rodale confirmed that Monday was Mr. Perrine's last day at the company and said it is seeking a successor. Mr. Zinczenko and Mr. Perrine did not respond to voicemails and emails seeking comment.

His departure is the latest by a high-profile magazine editor. Chris Anderson said early this month that he was leaving Wired after 11 years to become CEO at 3D Robotics. Terry McDonnell previously stepped aside as editor of the sports group at Time Inc., including Sports Illustrated.

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