Cindi Leive Steps Down From Glamour

The latest editor to step down from a major magazine this week, Leive spent 16 years in the role.

By Greg Dool
Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Glamour, the magazine she has led for 16 years.

Leive originally joined Condé Nast as an editorial assistant for Glamour in 1988, spending 11 years there — with a brief intervening stint as editor-in-chief of Self — before returning to Glamour to take over for then-editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller in 2001.

The latest in a seemingly daily progression of high-profile magazine departures, Leive’s announcement comes a week after longtime editor-in-chief Graydon Carter revealed his impending resignation from fellow Condé Nast title Vanity Fair after 25 years in that role. Condé Nast has yet to announce a successor for either editor.

Leive broke the news to staffers this morning, writing that she intends to stay on through completion of the magazine’s fall projects, including the annual “Woman of the Year” award, and that she will work with Anna Wintour to ensure a seamless transition into Glamour‘s next chapter.

“I would personally like to thank Cindi for 16 dynamic years of leadership and her hearty contributions to the expansion of the Glamour brand,” wrote Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg in a company-wide memo. “When Cindi took the helm of Glamour in 2001, it was a monthly print magazine; today, Glamour is a full-fledged, multi-media brand that connects with audiences across digital, video, social, experiential, and print.”

The editorial changes are far from the only shakeups in recent months at Condé Nast, which began the year by restructuring its sales and marketing operation, including laying off about 100 staffers. Howard Mittman, who was named chief business officer last fall, departed in July to take on a similar role at Bleacher Report.

Referring to the other three editors to step down from major magazines in the past week — Carter, Elle‘s Robbie Myers, and Time‘s Nancy Gibbs — Leive told The New York Times, “That’s a pretty nice outgoing class to be in, I’ll take it. We can all hang out in the corner booth somewhere.”

As for Leive’s next chapter, she added in the staff memo, “I’ve loved being in conversation with women over the last decade, and I’m excited to go deep into projects that stand to improve women’s lives. This is an electric moment for women and activism, and I plan to be part of that.”


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