Joanna Coles Named New Cosmo Editor-In-Chief

After six years in the top spot at Marie Claire, Joanna Coles is moving on to a new role as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. Coles will replace outgoing editor Kate White starting September 10, though White will stay on at Hearst Magazines in a consulting role. Anne Fulenwider is moving from Brides to replace Coles at Marie Claire. Whew! Got all of that? Good.

White has been at the top of Cosmo‘s masthead since 1998 (though she once upon a time modeled on a rival mag’s cover), but is stepping down to pursue personal writing and speaking endeavors. The 61-year-old editor discussed her plans to leave the glossy with president of Hearst Magazines David Carey, and will officially exit Hearst at the end of the year after finishing several projects. She tells The New York Times: “I’m looking forward to working just 55 hours a week.”

Coles, 50, has a long list of accomplishments under her belt since taking the helm at Marie Claire; she produced the Style Network‘s Running In Heels in 2008, won Adweek‘s Editor of the Year in 2011, and became a mentor on Project Runway All Stars in 2012. Under her tenure, the mag nabbed a number of journalism awards, launched brand extensions like Marie Claire @Work and the Women on Top Awards, and broke its own advertising record in this year’s September issue.

Coles writes in a press release:

Cosmopolitan is an iconic brand that resonates with women worldwide. To be able to take over the flagship edition is both a huge challenge and an incredible opportunity. I relish the chance to put my stamp on Cosmo and make it the young woman’s ultimate playbook for confidence, choices and navigating change.”

Carey adds:

“Joanna has done an incredible job at Marie Claire over the past six years. Her great success in television and social media, her sharp instinct about women and what they want, and her experience working on a global brand make her an ideal choice for the editor role at Cosmo. Kate is a huge talent who not only maintained Cosmo’s leadership position over the past 14 years but also launched many brand extensions, including Cosmo Radio, bestselling books and a popular tablet edition. She leaves big shoes—or should I say stilettos—to fill and we have no doubt she’ll continue to reach bestseller status in her post-Cosmo career.”

Fulenwider, 40, previously worked at Marie Claire as the executive editor before taking the helm at Brides. Now, she’s going back to glossy as its new editor-in-chief:

“I am thrilled to return to Marie Claire as editor-in-chief. I have such a strong attachment to the brand and what it delivers to the savvy, stylish women who read it. I look forward to contributing to its continued success on every front—from print to digital to television.”

Who needs September issues? We definitely can’t wait to see each magazine’s first issue under new leadership!

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