InStyle’s editorial director Ariel Foxman has resigned. He will leave the company on August 4, after closing out the magazine’s September issue. Foxman’s exit brings an end to his 15-year tenure at parent company Time Inc. and his eight-year career at InStyle.
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Time Inc. has yet to announce an interim editor-in-chief, but is likely to do so soon.
In an interview with WWD, Foxman denied that his departure had to do with last week’s restructuring at Time Inc.
“I asked myself, ‘What do I want to be doing next? What opportunities do I want to explore?” Foxman said, giving few details about his next pursuits. “For me, it’s really about creating incredible content for engaged audiences.”
Last week, Time Inc. promoted Fortune editor Alan Murray to chief content officer, a role previously held by Norman Pearlstine. Pearlstine became vice chairman.
Time Inc. also shook up its reporting channels for the Chief Content Officer role. Murray now reports to EVP and the new president of brands Rich Battista for operations and CEO Joe Ripp for editorial.
In 2015, Foxman became editorial director for InStyle’s sister title StyleWatch. In March of this year, he was named editorial director of the company’s new InStyle Collection, which includes fashion publications InStyle, Mimi, xoJane and The Outfit.Foxman first joined InStyle in 1999 but left in 2003 to become the founding editor of Condé Nast's shopping title Cargo, which shuttered three years later. In 2008, Foxman returned to InStyle as editor.
According to the Alliance for Audited Media, for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, the title’s paid and verified circulation totaled 1.8 million and single-copy sales amounted to 314,889. The magazine’s circulation remained flat in 2014, but newsstand sales fell 12.9% to 361,554. A rep told WWD that paid subscriptions rose 4.4% last year.