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SEEKING BIGGER PASTURES?: After six years as vice president and publisher at Self and almost a decade at Condé Nast, Kim Kelleher is leaving the company to become vice president, global sales at Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Group. The appointment marks the first time in the magazine’s 55-year history that a female executive will lead SI’s ad sales — and marks a big raid by Time Inc. on Condé Nast. “It’s a totally different job and a fantastic opportunity for me,” Kelleher told WWD on Monday evening, from the Glass House Tavern on 47th Street, where she was celebrating with colleagues.
Self staffers received the news earlier that day and were told that a successor hasn’t been named yet. Kelleher is regarded as a “star” by many, including top management — she was named publisher of the year in 2008 and, at the company’s annual publishers meeting in January, Self was awarded a gold award for its performance last year. Some insiders speculated Kelleher is leaving after being overlooked when positions opened up at larger titles at the company, but Kelleher — perhaps not wanting to burn any bridges — maintained it was a tough decision to make. Nor is SI her first involvement in sports — she was publisher of Condé Nast’s Golf for Women title until that folded. Last year, Self’s ad pages fell 23 percent to 1,019. For the first six months of this year, Self’s ad pages are down 7 percent, according to Media Industry Newsletter. — Amy Wicks