'Elle, 'Town & Country' Hire Beauty Directors, CNX Adds Execs

Hearst titles Elle and Town & Country have announced new appointments.

Katie Jayne Becker has been named Elle’s beauty director. She will be responsible for the direction of the magazine’s beauty, health and wellness coverage, overseeing print editors and collaborating with the digital team.

Prior to joining Elle, Becker worked with Coveteur, developing the site’s beauty vertical and launching its first influencer-leveraged beauty awards.

Becker has also worked as an editor at Wand Harper’s Bazaar and has written for Town & CountryMarie ClaireVogue and The Wall Street Journal.

Town & Country welcomes April Long as its new beauty director. She will be responsible for the direction of the outlet’s beauty, health, fitness and wellness coverage. She will also continue to write the "Power Regimens" column as a contributing beauty editor for the publication.



Long comes to the title from her post as beauty director for Elle.

Both Becker and Long begin their new roles in February.

Last fall, Conde Nast launched an expanded in-house creative agency CNX, capable of reaching a global audience while consolidating its areas of expertise. Today, CNX announced two new key hires, executive creative director Xavier Teo and head of strategy Brandon Volpe.

The new hires come as the agency looks to bolster its advertising, brand strategy and experiential capabilities.

Teo joins CNX from Anomaly, where he lead all creative work for Budweiser’s global brand campaigns and social and digital content. He was also creative director for five Super Bowl commercials for the NBC Winter Olympics campaign in 2018. As creative director at CNX, Teo will work closely with head of creative at Conde Nast Raul Martinez.

Volpe comes to the agency from Team One. In charge of digital strategy for Lexus, Volpe lead initiatives such as the launch of the LC 500 during his tenure, overseeing the brand’s overarching digital vision and roadmap.

Both Teo and Volpe report to John Deschner, managing director of CNX, and started their positions this month.

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