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(July 24, 2001) -- Ellen Kunes took the title of editor in chief at Hearst Magazines' Redbook, to begin Aug. 13.

The move concludes Hearst's latest round of editorial musical chairs: Glenda Bailey of Marie Claire moved over to Harper's Bazaar, replacing the ousted Kate Betts, and Redbook's Lesley Jane Seymour moved over to Marie Claire to replace Ms. Bailey.

Ms. Kunes, 42, was the launch editor of O, The Oprah Magazine last year but left after only two issues. Despite internal rumblings that the structure of O -- where Ms. Kunes could in effect be overruled by founder and editorial director Oprah Winfrey -- made it tough on a titular top editor, at the time of her departure Ms. Kunes and Hearst strenuously insisted that her departure was based solely on family issues that made it difficult to devote enough time to a demanding job.

From 1994-98, Ms. Kunes had been executive editor of Redbook. -- Jon Fine

Copyright July 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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