Hearst Magazines President Troy Young and Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis appear to be casting a wide net as the company searches for a successor to Glenda Bailey at Harper’s Bazaar.
That suggests the muckety-mucks at Hearst don’t have an evident successor for Harper’s longtime editor-in-chief and are embarking on what could be a long search.
Bailey stepped down on Wednesday after 19 years as the editor-in-chief.
She will stay on at the mag as global fashion consultant for the Bazaar brands worldwide.
WWD on Thursday advanced three potential successors: Stella Bugbee, editor of The Cut at New York Media, who was reportedly upset she was passed over as editor-in-chief at New York Magazine when Adam Moss left; Kristina O’Neill, a former executive editor at Harper’s Bazaar who is now the editor of WSJ Magazine; and Joyann King, who is the executive editor of HB’s website.
“They will be on the list, but there will be others as well,” said one knowledgeable source of the search, suggesting Hearst, which did not hire an outside head hunter, is in no particular hurry.
King, the inside candidate, was tipped as the early frontrunner but, since no immediate replacement was named, she may actually have no better odds of landing the job than the outside candidates.
The only consensus appears to be that the new hire will have to have considerably more digital skills than Bailey, whose exit had been rumored for months.
“They’re holding onto her advertising contacts,” said one source of Bailey. “She was extremely talented and had a great eye, but was notoriously non-digital.”
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