After 26 years at the NYC-based magazine publisher, Deborah Burns has been shown the door at Hachette Filpacchi Media U.S. Burns had served as SVP for the now shuttered Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor. According to a Mediaweek report, former HFMUS CEO Alain Lemarchand created an SVP and chief innovation officer position for Burns and tasked her with discovering new revenue sources. Just months after replacing Lemarchand in September, Steve Parr has now dismissed Burns and rid the company of her position.
Burns will be joined by Hachette’s digital chief Todd Anderman who is leaving to become chief media and revenue office at mobile advertising company Jumptap. Both former HFMUS staffers are set to depart from the company in January.
Although it may not have been in the manner that she prefers, Burns may be getting an early jump from a sinking ship. Hachette is rumored to be in talks with Hearst Corp. in an effort to sell the company in a deal that would prompt further executive changes. Lagardère Active, HFMUS’S French parent company, has been trying to cut costs and is searching for buyers interested in their media properties outside of France.