NEW YORK–Three of Hearst Magazines’ key publications have new editors as the company announced several switches at the top of its editorial ranks.
Stephen Drucker, who has been editor of House Beautiful and helped lead the magazine to a revival the past five years, is moving over to Town&Country as editor-in-chief. Succeeding him at House Beautiful is Newell Turner, who has been style director for the magazine since 2006.
And Dara Caponigro becomes editor-in-chief of Veranda, succeeding Lisa Newsom, the magazine’s founder and its editor since 1987. Caponigro was most recently style director for Domino, which ceased publication last year. Newsom will become an editor-at-large for Hearst, working on Veranda-related books and editorial projects.
Drucker succeeds Pamela Fiori, who has been editor at Town&Country since 1993. She too will become a Hearst editor-at-large for projects connected with the title.
“Stephen, Newell and Dara are highly creative, talented and successful editors,” said Cathleen P. Black, Hearst president who made the announcement. “They all bring exciting new ideas and energy to their positions.”
While the magazine industry in general has had a tough period over the past year or two, House Beautiful has ridden it out better than most, with a cumulative growth in newsstand sales of 20 percent since Drucker became editor. The magazine was off in advertising last year, but far less than other titles in the field. House Beautiful was named to Advertising Age’s “A List” in 2008.