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Connie Anne Phillips Is 2014 Condé Nast 'Chief Revenue Officer of the Year'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Connie Anne Phillips, who rejoined Condé Nast in June 2013 as Glamour VP and publisher after a successful 2009-2013 stint as publisher of Time Inc.'s InStyle, was awarded magazine-brand Chief Revenue Officer of the Year by CN CEO Chuck Townsend and president Bob Sauerberg during the company's Jan. 25-27 publishers and executives conference in Miami.

The honor is a change from CN's two-decade Publisher of the Year and reflects Townsend and Sauerberg "modernizing our publishers' titles to reflect the contemporary marketplace and the true depth of these leaders' talents as media executives."

Phillips was cited for leading the 76-year-old Glamour to "impressive ad-revenue and ad-profit growth," The monthly "was significantly up in every metric year-over-year."

At Phillips' Vague alma mater (she was managing director from 2008-2009), editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and chief revenue officer Susan Plagemann were cited by Townsend and Sauerberg for "increasing profits 2.5% over a record-breaking 2013."

But CN's bottom-line percentage leaders were Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley and chief revenue officer Jason Wagenheim. The 12-year-old Vogue spinoff's 20% revenue increase came primarily from the "whopping" +60% in digital revenues.

Also recognized by Townsend and Sauerberg were:

• 'Gold" award-winning Condé Nast Traveler for being first corporately in ad-page growth and print ad-revenue growth--"all while turning double-digit percentage Web revenue growth."

• "Silver" award-winning Glamour for Phillips' achievements along with the All-American Optimism positioning by her and by 14-year editor-in-chief Cindi Leive.

• "Bronze: award-winning W for total revenue growing by more than 3% and ad-page percentage growth second to Condé Nast Traveler.

• "Collaborative Leadership" winning W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and chief revenue officer Lucy Kriz. The "dynamic duo create events together, host clients together and their corporate meetings unfold in perfect cadence."

• "Business Transformation Award" winning Brides chief revenue officer Michelle Myers for creating new advertising offerings through and event marketing that maintained the revenue of the brand in spite of the print edition's frequency halved from monthly to bimonthly.

• "Corporate Executive of the Year" winning Bob Bennis, who as managing director of real estate engineered the corporate relocation to One World Trade Center. He did the same in 1999 when CN moved from New York's East Side (360 Madison Ave.) to West Side (Four Times Square).

For a recap of the 2013 CN honorees, led by Bon Appètit Publisher of the Year Pamela Drucker Mann, click here.

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