Glamour Snags Creative Director From Rival Elle

Paul Ritter to take over top design post next month

Elle design director Paul Ritter is leaving Hearst Magazines to become creative director of rival Condé Nast title Glamour. Ritter, who will replace the magazine’s creative director of five years, Geraldine Hessler, starts Nov. 11.

The design veteran joined Elle in 2007, and last year, also consulted on the launch of Jason Binn's DuJour magazine. Previously, Ritter worked on a number of redesigns for titles including the now-defunct (and former Glamour sister mag) Jane, BlackBook and Magazine Sans Nom. He also was the creative director at Vitals magazine, Life magazine and Virgin Records France. He’s also worked in branding and advertising, for Tommy Hilfiger fragrance, L’Oréal and Zara.

Ritter will report directly to Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive, who called him “a strong creative force with a keen understanding of style and culture," adding, "I’m thrilled to have him on board to help me build a modern all-American fashion magazine for the future.” Glamour underwent its own redesign just over a year and a half ago, with Hessler lending a more youthful, colorful feel to the nearly 75-year-old brand.