September is definitely the month of top magazine resignations. First it was Brides and Conde Nast’s first African American editor in chief Keija Minor who kicked things off with her resignation. Then Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter followed that up a week later with his resignation after more then two decades leading the magazine. Then Elle Magazine’s editor in chief for the past 17 years Robbie Myers followed behind Graydon Carter’s resignation with her own resignation and now Time Magazine’s first female editor in chief Nancy Gibbs is calling it a day. Ms. Gibbs over the course of three decades climbed the ranks at the publication and survived about 5 CEOs. Now she says its time for her to figure out what she wants to do next. She is departing Time Inc at a time when like many other publishers Time Inc is still trying to find its next self in an increasingly digitally dominated industry. Though she is moving on, she will contribute to Time on occasions. As the industry continues to change and long time editors begin to see the writing on their office walls, more resignations will happen. The next one wasn’t supposed to be Nancy Gibbs. Rumors are at shrill levels that long time Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey’s resignation is imminent.
From The Hive:
Gibbs, 57, has spent her entire career at the magazine. She started fresh out of an Oxford master’s program in 1985, and came up alongside other name brands who occupied the editor’s chair, including Walter Isaacson, Jim Kelly, and Rick Stengel. Gibbs has written more cover stories than any other writer in the magazine’s history. “I think it’s always good to have an editor who has performed every trick in the playbook,” Isaacson told me when I profiled Gibbs in 2013.
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