Leadership Shake-Up Coming to Fitness Magazines

Health, Fitness in need of publishers

These are heady times for the fitness magazine category, with two of the biggest titles in between publishers.

Fitness, with a circulation of 1.5 million, is without a publisher after Meredith promoted Lee Slattery to take on Family Circle in a larger leadership shake-up last week.

Now, over at rival Time Inc., Health, which has a circulation of 1.3 million, is scouting for a new publisher, since Dave Watt is jumping to a job in corporate, where he’ll be vice president of sales for Time Inc. branded solutions. He was publisher at Health for the past two and a half years.

Outside the fitness category, other high-profile magazines are looking for new leaders as well. Condé Nast is looking for a new publisher for Glamour, while competitor Hearst is working to fill an opening at Esquire after moving Kevin O’Malley to the newly acquired Elle.