Following Bon Appétit’s recent takeover of Epicurious and the ensuing departure of editor in chief Nilou Motamed, the site’s director of product, Eric Gillin, has been promoted to the newly created position of executive director. Bon Appétit editor in chief and Epicurious editorial director Adam Rapoport made the announcement today.
While Gillin's name lies directly under Rapoport’s on the site’s masthead, Gillin will not be replacing Motamed per se. Instead, he’ll focus on the site’s back-end in addition to its editorial content. “Eric is in a unique position in that he brings editorial savvy but also that tech and product authority to the site,” Rapoport said. “He’s one of those rare people who both understands editorial voice but also knows how a website works.”
Gillin will also continue to oversee Epicurious’ upcoming redesign, which has been in the works for several months, albeit in a different form. “We’re definitely going to pivot from what the initial redesign was to a different direction that makes more sense with the partnership between Bon Appétit and Epicurious,” explained Rapoport.
Before Gillin joined Condé in 2012 to run Epicurious’ digital strategy, he spent six years at Hearst, where he began as Esquire’s first dedicated web editor and later became the first digital director of the Hearst Men’s Network. Gillin also “knows a tremendous amount of food,” Rapoport noted. “His mom gave cooking classes, and he assisted in her catering business.”
Rapoport is expected to hire a new editor, reporting to Gillin, to handle the site’s day-to-day activities.