New HFMUS Exec Not ‘Open’ to Office Policy

Just before his departure was announced, outgoing Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. CEO Alain Lemarchand spoke grandly about plans for an open office space to encourage innovation and cooperation. In Hachette’s new headquarters, he was going to forgo a private office for an open space shared with other higher-ups, with a few private offices reserved for the top editors and brand chiefs.
Well, Steve Parr, who succeeds him Oct. 1, apparently isn’t so hot on the shared office idea. When Hachette, publisher of Elle and Woman’s Day, moves into the Time Inc. building Oct. 4, he’ll have his own office after all. It remains to be seen how many of the other executives in the shared-office plan will also get their own offices.
It’s also too soon to tell if Parr will keep other Lemarchand initiatives in place, such as the Innovation Lab, a group composed of several senior executives who work on new-revenue initiatives. Lemarchand is returning to Hachette’s French parent Lagardère Active, where he’ll have a senior management role; he spent about two years at Hachette.