Deborah Burns Out at Hachette

As Elle and Woman’s Day publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. continues sale talks, it has lost another senior executive, Deborah Burns.
Burns, a 26-year Hachette vet, had been svp for Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor until Met Home folded in 2009. Then-CEO Alain Lemarchand created a new role for her, svp, chief innovation officer, where her duties included looking for new revenue streams. Steve Parr, who replaced Lemarchand in September, eliminated her position.
Also heading for the exit is Hachette’s digital chief Todd Anderman, who is going to Jumptap, a mobile advertising company, as chief media and revenue officer. Both are scheduled to leave in January.
By that time Hachette could be under new ownership, which would likely bring more high-level personnel changes. The company is believed to be close to completing a deal to sell, with Hearst Corp. looking like the likely buyer. Hachette’s French parent Lagardère Active has been seeking possible buyers for its media properties outside France in an effort to reduce costs.

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