Galotti Leaves as Vanity Fair Publisher, Succeeded by Bernard Leser
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ronald Galotti is out as publisher of Vanity Fair magazine and is being replaced by the founding publisher of two-year-old Allure magazine, Conde Nast Publications Inc. announced Monday.
Galotti’s departure after three years as publisher of Vanity Fair was unexpected. He had been viewed in magazine publishing circles as one of Conde Nast’s rising stars.
Conde Nast President Bernard Leser said Galotti had ″resigned ... to pursue other interests.″
Messages were left Monday for both Galotti and Leser, but the calls were not returned.
The magazine has run into turbulence since editor Tina Brown moved last fall to the top editorial post at the New Yorker, another magazine owned by Conde Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr.
Vanity Fair’s advertising pages were off 15 percent to 229 in the first three months of the year even as major consumer magazines tracked by Publishers Information Bureau were up 5.7 percent.
″There has been lots of talk in the industry that the magazine is not as exciting, that it is not perceived as being hot,″ said magazine consultant Martin Walker. ″But there may be something more to it than meets the eye.″
Ms. Brown released a statement Monday calling Galotti ″the most dynamic publisher in the Conde Nast building. His innovation and flair helped take Vanity Fair to the top. He will be a big loss to Vanity Fair and to the company.″
Galotti was publisher of Mademoiselle from 1985-1987 and Conde Nast Traveler from 1987-1990. He became publisher of Vanity Fair in 1990.
The new Vanity Fair publisher is Kathy Neisloss Leventhal, 37, who has been publisher at Allure, a two-year-old women’s beauty magazine. She got that job in March 1990, a year before Allure’s launch.
She joined Conde Nast in 1983 as a sales staffer at Vanity Fair as it was being revived after 47 years of suspended publication. She became ad director of the magazine two years later.
Before joining Conde Nast, she worked as associate manager of the New York office of Playboy magazine and was marketing director for Games magazine.
Allure’s ad pages were up 72 percent to 184.7 for the first three months of the year from a year ago, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.
In addition to Vanity Fair and Allure, Conde Nast publishes Vogue, Glamour, Gourmet, Mademoiselle, Bride’s, Self, GQ and Details.
The company recently completed its purchase of Architectural Digest and Bon Apetit magazines fro Knapp Communications Corp. of Los Angeles.
But at the same time, Conde Nast annouced it was closing 92-year-old HG, formerly known as House & Garden, after the July issue.
When the deal was first announced, Conde Nast said it felt HG and Architectural Digest could coexist, but said in announcing the planned closing of HG that ″considerable redundancy″ would be involved in continuing publishing both magazines.