Tony Gervino, the executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, has been named editor in chief of Billboard magazine, parent company Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group announced today. Gervino will report to Guggenheim co-president and chief creative officer Janice Min, who has been overseeing a restructuring of Billboard since early this year. (Min was formerly the editor of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard’s sister publication.)
“Tony has both the editorial vision and newsroom drive to lead Billboard into its next act,” Min said in a statement. “His enthusiasm and knowledge for music and editing, plus a demonstrated track record in the creation of compelling content on both a niche and mass scale make him an excellent choice for Billboard.”
At Hearst, Gervino oversaw brands in the company’s Home Design, Men’s Enthusiast, Teen and Women’s Network groups, including titles like Esquire, House Beautiful and Seventeen. Since 2010, Gervino has been a contributing writer at The New York Times and was a previously a contributing editor at the Times magazine. Gervino also helped launch men’s lifestyle title Antenna and hip-hop magazine Scratch while editorial director of Harris Magazines between 2002 and 2007.
Current Billboard editor Joe Levy, who joined the magazine in 2012 from Maxim, will transition to an editor at large role. According to Guggenheim’s announcement, Levy, a former executive editor at Rolling Stone, will contribute to the magazine’s print and digital sides, edit, and work on various special projects.
[Disclosure: Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek are owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.]