NEW YORK — Former British Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Mandi Norwood has been named editor in chief of the Conde Nast women’s glossy Mademoiselle, a job that was vacated by Elizabeth Crow less than a week ago.
It is not the first time editorial director James Truman took a Cosmo topper to fill a high-profile position at Conde Nast. A year ago, he plucked Cosmo editor in chief Bonnie Fuller to replace Ruth Whitney at the head of Glamour.
“Mademoiselle has a wonderful publishing heritage, and I am absolutely delighted to be able to take it to its next lifestage,” said Norwood, 35.
The announcement comes after Conde Nast’s purchase of Fairchild Publications called the future of Mademoiselle into question. Fairchild’s Jane magazine has been making great leaps in the young women’s market, while Mademoiselle’s numbers have been off so far this year.
According to Publishers Information Bureau, Mademoiselle’s ad pages through July have dropped 17.2%, with ad revenue down $5 million compared with this time last year.
Crow will continue to edit Mademoiselle through December, when Norwood’s contract with Brit Cosmo expires.