Memo Pad: More Changes... Six Degrees of Separation...

The changes at Cond¿ Nast continued unabated on Tuesday.

Kimora Lee Simmons in the new Baby Phat campaign

Kimora Lee Simmons in the new Baby Phat campaign.

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NEW AT PORTFOLIO: The upper reaches of 4 Times Square aren’t the only areas to welcome new staffers. Joanne Lipman has reached into the newspaper world once again as Cond¿ Nast Portfolio has tapped Dan Colarusso to edit its Web site. Before abruptly quitting in December, Colarusso was The New York Post’s city editor. Prior to that he served as the Post’s business editor. He can also boast some Web experience, having worked at until joining the Post in 2002.


Colarusso will be subject to a somewhat unusual reporting structure, at least within Cond¿ Nast. He answers both to editor in chief Lipman and group president and publishing publisher David Carey. “Joanne’s in charge of the quote-unquote journalism, I’m in charge of getting broad distribution for the content,” Carey told WWD. And to those who wonder about possible conflicts of interest, Carey said, “If there’s a piece or a blog post that may affect an important client, I don’t get a vote on it.”


Ari Brandt will remain general manager of the site, overseeing its business. Carey compared the structure to that of Wired, which was placed under his purview last week, and which has a Web site editor who works both with Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson and CondeNet president Sarah Chubb.


The New York Observer reported in December, and sources at Portfolio confirmed, that Colarusso had been interviewing for the position of editor in early 2007, just before he was promoted to the Post’s city editor.


Carey said drew 1.7 million unique visitors in November, and 2 million in December. 
Irin Carmon


SAUERBERG MOVES UP AT CONDE NAST: These days, Cond¿ Nast's staff announcements are eating up a lot of space in inboxes across Manhattan. On Tuesday, the company promoted Robert Sauerberg Jr. to group president, consumer marketing, from executive vice president of consumer marketing. Sauerberg will continue to oversee sales and marketing activities for Cond¿ Nast Publications, but will now also serve on the board of the Magazine Publishers of America along with new group president and publishing director David Carey. Sauerberg also represents Cond¿ Nast on the board of CMG, a distribution partnership with the Hearst Corp. His promotion to group president is not a direct replacement for Mitchell Fox, who until his departure last week was group president and publishing director overseeing the Golf Digest Publications; the Fairchild Fashion Group, parent of WWD; W magazine; Bon App¿tit, and Cond¿ Nast Bridal Media. However, Sauerberg will fill Fox’s seat on the MPA board. (For further coverage, see Wednesday's issue of WWD.)
— Stephanie D. Smith

BERGER NAMED PUBLISHER OF MEN'S VOGUE: Marc Berger, associate publisher of Details, has been named publisher of Men's Vogue. His appointment is effective immediately. Before joining Details, Berger was the associate publisher of Cargo, where he helped launch the Cond¿ Nast men's shopping title. From 2003 to 2005, Berger was the advertisingdirector of Vanity Fair. As reported in Monday's Memo Pad, Berger was named as a candidate to replace William Li as publisher of Men's Vogue. Li on Monday was named the new publisher of Cond¿ Nast Portfolio. (For further coverage, see Wednesday's issue of WWD.)
— S.D.S.

MORE CHANGES: David Carey and Tom Florio shook up the ranks again just a week after their big promotions at Cond¿ Nast, parent of WWD. At Vogue, Florio promoted Connie Anne Phillips to a new position of managing director. Phillips, who was Vogue's associate publisher, will oversee the day-to-day sales, marketing and creative services departments at the magazine and will also continue in her role as publisher of Vogue Living. She will report to Florio, who will have his hands full overseeing Vogue, Men's Vogue, Teen Vogue and Vogue Living in his new role as senior vice president and publishing director. Replacing Phillips as associate publisher will be Laura McEwen, who joined the magazine in September 2006 as advertising director for its beauty business. She was publisher of YM and publishing director of Reader's Digest prior to joining Vogue.

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