In a surprise move, David Carey jumped to Hearst Corp. as the head of its magazine division, leaving Conde Nast, where over the years he has been associated with such titles as the New Yorker and Portfolio.
Watching these moves from afar is particularly interesting for me, inasmuch as Carey headed sales at UCLA’s Daily Bruin in college, back when I was a writer and eventually entertainment editor at the paper.
Even then, I made it a point not to fraternize with the sales folk, so I never really got to know Carey, though I’ve run into him since, and we have mutual friends.
Still, I noticed at the time that the sales people all seemed to dress better and drive nicer cars than the editorial staff, but I wasn’t smart enough to put two and two together regarding what that augured for our relative career paths.
Hiring Carey sounds like a bold move for Hearst, which is hardly known for its boldness. Despite a wide array of media assets, the company has always struck me as sleepy, especially in regard to its TV holdings.
At any rate, it’s nice to see a fellow Bruin doing well for himself — but, you know, not too well.