Glamour cuts staff as part of restructuring

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Glamour magazine is in the process of restructuring, including cutting costs, WWD has learned.

The glossy has let go of a handful of staffers, including recently hired executive director of editorial operations John Dioso. He joined the magazine at the end of January from Cosmopolitan. Other layoffs include a senior fashion news editor, members from the photo and copy desks. Insiders told WWD that the fashion news team on both the print and the digital sides would now be led entirely by Jane Keltner de Valle. That was not confirmed by Glamour.

WWD obtained a memo to staff on Wednesday from Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive and chief revenue officer Connie Anne Phillips that talked about their mission.

"Our mission here is to create a thriving modern media brand that redefines what fulfillment means to American women. Today we announced a reorganization that will streamline the brand through a more forward-thinking structure — one that will give everyone on our staff the opportunity to succeed in our new media landscape," the memo said.

Key elements to the plan include print and digital integration led by each department head. Digital director Annie Fox, executive editor Wendy Naugle and creative director Paul Ritter will be uniting the print and digital editors. This translates to "physically moving the teams together" and having them contribute "across platforms."

Glamour said it will also further integrate business and editorial.

"No matter what our roles — in edit or in advertising — we are all one Glamour. So, building on the success of our whole-brand communications and finance teams, we are also creating a united creative division," the note said.

This new art team will be led by Ritter.

Lastly, Glamour and Self will share operations and social media teams with copy, research and production departments serving both titles and operating under Glamour managing editor LaToya Valmont and Self managing editor Erin Hobday. There will also be a shared social media team led by new associate social media director Kenny Thapoung.

Leive and Phillips ended the e-mail disclosing that the new structure will help it do what's "most important here at Glamour: build a thriving media brand that redefines success for American women."

At the end of last year, the company combined Self and Glamour on the business side under publisher and chief revenue officer Phillips. She would later form Aurora, a native advertising unit that would offer ad solutions to clients of both titles.

There was also one layoff from Glamour sister publication Self, which sources indicate may be up for another reorganization. Rumors around Condé — which tend to be hit or miss — indicate that Self could be folded further into Glamour.

Those whispers appear to be unsubstantiated, as Self has already endured its own restructuring under editor in chief Joyce Chang, and Self.com seems to be picking up steam under digital editor Carolyn Kylstra.

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