Exec Shakeup Comes to Hearst Titles

After a shakeup at O, The Oprah Magazine earlier this week, another Hearst title, Country Living, announced high-level changes.
Hearst today named ex-Cooking Light publisher Chris Allen as vp, publisher of the 1.6-million circ Country Living. He replaces Steve Grune, who was given an unspecified position in the company’s integrated media division.
Grune had been at the title nine years. Considered by Hearst to be one of its flagships, Country Living has suffered along with the rest of the shelter category, but still outperformed most of its peers. This year through September, Country Living’s ad pages fell 11 percent to 638 versus a decline of 28 percent for the category, per the Mediaweek Monitor.
His replacement, Allen, had been the longtime publisher of Time Inc.’s Cooking Light, when he was pushed out last fall as part of a companywide reorganization and staff reduction. He had a short-lived stint this summer as a group publisher at enthusiast publishing company Bonnier Corp., which he left after less than a month.
Earlier this week, O, The Oprah Magazine shook up its editorial ranks as newly named editor Susan Casey made several hires including Lucy Kaylin as deputy editor, Patrick Mitchell as design director and Sarah Nelson as books director. Dr. Mehmet Oz also was named contributing editor.
Casey was named editor in June, replacing Susan Reed, who was in the job for less than a year.