Self vp, publisher Kim Kelleher is leaving Condé Nast for rival Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated, where she’ll be the first woman to head sales at the 55-year-old sports title, Mediaweek has learned. She starts in mid July.
Kelleher goes to the male-skewing weekly after a long career at women’s monthlies including Mademoiselle and Elle in addition to Self. She also served a stint as publisher of Condé Nast’s lifestyle magazine Golf for Women; that title has since folded.
Kelleher has been a rising star at Condé Nast, collecting the Publisher of the Year award for 2008 and leading Self to a Gold Award for sales for 2009. But colleagues have also said she angled for something bigger (she was once said to be a contender for publisher of the bigger Glamour), which they speculated might have nudged her to leave.
At SI, her title will be vp, global sales, reporting to Mark Ford, president and publisher of Time Inc.’s News Group.
SI, whose last publisher Jeff Griffing left in March to become chief revenue officer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has been on a roll lately, drawing praise for its expanding swimsuit issue franchise, burgeoning Web extensions and forthcoming iPad edition.
It’s holding its own on the print ad page front, too: through June 7 this year, pages were flat at 636, per the Mediaweek Monitor. Closest competitor ESPN The Magazine was up more (7 percent) but off a smaller base (371 pages).
Parent Time Inc., which has recently been enjoying a run of ad-page growth, has hired a handful of high-ranking execs away from Condé Nast lately.
Connie Anne Phillips defected from Vogue to be publisher of InStyle last year and earlier this year, Vogue colleague Tim O’Connor followed her to InStyle.