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Hicks joins Premiere in post vacated by Aaron

Ex-Parade sr. ad veep becomes publisher

NEW YORK — In his fourth month on the job, Hachette CEO Jack Kliger is beginning to make his mark on the company, letting go Premiere senior VP-publisher Steve Aaron and replacing him with former Parade publications senior ad veep Jennifer Gallo Hicks.

Before moving to Parade, which is owned by Conde Nast parent company Advance, Hicks held a number of jobs at Hearst, including associate publisher at Cosmopolitan and ad director at Esquire.

The change comes as a surprise to industry observers, who noted that the magazine is at an all-time high in terms of ad rates.

A favorite of former Hachette CEO David Pecker, Aaron was installed in the publisher post shortly after the Paris-based company purchased the movie mag from K-III five years ago.

Hicks, who also will be given a vice president title, will report directly to Kliger.