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Joanna Coles to Succeed Kate White at Cosmopolitan, Anne Fulenwider to Replace Coles at Marie Claire

Joanna ColesIt’s been a very busy day over at Hearst Corporation. First came the news that Joanna Coles, who has been editor-in-chief of Marie Claire since 2006, would be moving over to Cosmopolitan where she will fill the position left open by longtime editor Kate White, who has been planning her retirement since earlier this year so that she can turn her focus on her writing and speaking career.

Joanna, who many of us know from her appearances as a sometime judge on Project Runway, and mentor on Project Runway Allstars has transformed Marie Claire in her tenure there, and it seems she may be looking forward to doing the same with Cosmo. She shared:

“I relish the chance to put my stamp on Cosmo and make it the young woman's ultimate playbook for confidence, choices and navigating change."

Maybe now we can expect covers less crowded with sex-crazed cover lines and perhaps some better written articles for the Cosmo reader?

In the wake of the news of Coles’ new position, the question of who would fill her shoes at Marie Claire begged to be answered, and Hearst didn’t leave us waiting long. Anne Fulenwider, who has been editor-in-chief of Brides since October 2011, will be Coles’ replacement. Before going to Brides, Fulenwider had served as executive editor of Marie Claire under Coles for two years starting in September 2009, so it seems she should be more than ready to take on the new challenge and step back into familiar territory at the magazine. Fulenwider said:

“I am thrilled to return to Marie Claire as editor-in-chief. I have such a strong attachment to the brand and what it delivers to the savvy, stylish women who read it. I look forward to contributing to its continued success on every front—from print to digital to television.”

We look forward to witnessing the shake-up at both Cosmo and Marie Claire. It looks like fashion designers aren’t the only ones who seem really into Musical Chairs these days.

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