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Self Taps Mary Murcko

Murcko starts May 1 and replaces former publisher Laura McEwen.

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Condé Nast has tapped Mary Murcko as Self Magazine’s vice president and publisher, a day after it laid off both its publisher and editor in chief.

A former Condé Nast employee, Murcko, who starts May 1, replaces former publisher Laura McEwen. She begins her new gig on the same day as Joyce Chang, who was named editor in chief. Succeeding Lucy Danziger, Chang comes to Self from Cosmopolitan Magazine where she served as executive editor.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mary back to Condé Nast,” said chief executive Charles. Townsend. “Mary’s unparalleled command of the business environment and her deep knowledge in the health and fitness category will undoubtedly have a positive impact on shaping Self for the future.”

Most recently, Murcko worked at the Gannett Company, where she served as president of national sales, responsible for advertising revenue for USA Today, USA Weekend, Gannett Digital and U.S. Community Publishing. Prior to that, she worked as executive vice president and group publisher at Rodale, overseeing Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention and Runner’s World.

Murcko, who began her career at Self as beauty market manager from 1991 to 1995, has also held sales positions at W and Elegant Bride and as general manager/group publisher for Hachette Filipacchi Post in Bangkok.

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