Elle Taps Marie Claire Artistic Director to Replace Joe Zee

Alex Gonzalez also oversees Town & Country

Elle didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement for longtime creative director Joe Zee, who is decamping for Yahoo later this month. The Hearst glossy announced today that it had tapped Alex Gonzalez, the artistic director of Marie Claire and executive artistic director of Town & Country, to fill Zee’s role.

Gonzalez, who officially takes over at Elle next month, will retain his title at Town & Country. On top of that, he’s also the co-founder and executive creative director of branding agency AR New York, where he continues to work with “a select group of clients,” per Hearst.

Prior to joining the company in 2012, Gonzalez held the creative director title at several Condé Nast magazines, including W, GQ and the defunct Mirabella.

In a statement, Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers said, Gonzalez’s “depth of experience and creative vision will be a true asset as we continue to innovate and evolve the Elle look.” Added Hearst Magazines president David Carey, “His work on Marie Claire strengthened this important franchise, and I look forward to him now enriching Elle global spirit and strong fashion point-of-view, while continuing to oversee the look and feel of Town & Country.”

Yahoo announced that it had hired Zee just over a month ago—via a Tumblr post, natch. Zee will be overseeing the launch of a new digital fashion magazine for the tech company, and will also lend his talents to a new beauty vertical led by Bobbi Brown.