After weeks of speculation following Sally Singer‘s abrupt departure from T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Deborah Needleman has been announced as the new editor-in-chief, effective immediately. Needleman has been heading up WSJ., the Wall Street Journal‘s luxury lifestyle glossy, for the last two years, as well as the paper’s “Off Duty” weekend section, prior to which she was founding editor of beloved but now defunct shelter title domino.
Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, told WWD:
“Deborah is a creative and innovative editor with an impeccable sense of style and design. As we look to expand and extend T and continue to evolve it for our loyal and sophisticated New York Times audience, we will rely on Deborah’s broad range of experience and creative energy. She is coming on board to strengthen the franchise and re-imagine its future on all platforms. Given the depth of her talent and experience, I am certain that T is in very good hands.”
One of those talents, it must be noted, is reeling in the ad bucks — something Singer couldn’t quite manage during her time at the magazine. WSJ. launched in 2008 as a quarterly title, and under Needleman’s stewardship, increased in frequency to a soon-to-be monthly, all the while racking up luxury advertisers. So while we’re still a little forlorn over the departure of one of our industry idols, we’re looking forward to a whole new era of T — one that will hopefully include show-stopper covers like this one.
As for who will replace Needleman, let the guessing games begin.