Northern & Shell, which publishes the celebrity weekly in several countries, went through a rocky spell last September acquiring and running Alpha Media, home
of Maxim and Blender, with backing from the Quadrangle Group. Brownridge was hired shortly after. Before that, he spent a couple decades as the No. 2 to Rolling Stone owner Jann
The company says Brownridge is stepping down "after successfully restructuring the company with a view to consolidating profitability." Toepfer joined the title after Quick & Simple, where she was also the top editor, shut down last summer.