Saturday, December 12, 2009

Martha Stewart Living Announces New Editor for Living and Weddings

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.announced Friday, the promotion of two of its editors to lead two of its top magazines. Vanessa Holden, previously Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, is promoted to Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Living. Katie Hatch, formerly Style Director of Martha Stewart Weddings, is named Editor in Chief of that magazine.

Both Ms. Holden and Ms. Hatch will report to Gael Towey, who has been named MSLO’s Editorial Director, working closely with the editors of all MSLO’s magazines and building their identity across the company’s media platforms, including new digital initiatives. She also will collaborate with MSLO’s sales and marketing teams to develop programs that tap MSLO’s editorial content and reflect its iconic style. Ms. Towey had been serving as Acting Editor-In-Chief of Living.

“Vanessa and Katie are extremely accomplished and creative editors. Both Living and Weddings will benefit from their visionary leadership and I’m looking forward to working with them as we continue to build on the success of our distinctive magazines and all that they represent to consumers,” said Ms. Towey.

A creative leader with a rich background in magazine and book publishing, Ms. Holden joined MSLO in August 2008 as Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, an award-winning, quarterly bridal magazine that is the leading magazine in its category on newsstands and the cornerstone of MSLO’s growing Weddings franchise. Since joining the company, Ms. Holden has spearheaded the successful evolution of Weddings’ magazine. She has also collaborated closely with MSLO’s cross-platform teams to further build the magazine’s presence in the weddings space with innovative new offerings like pop-up events, the launch issue of Martha Stewart Destination Weddings and Dream Honeymoons and the recent online luxury weddings expo. The magazine is currently celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Prior to joining MSLO, Ms. Holden had her own consulting business. Before that, she served as Creative Director of Real Simple magazine and co-founded Donna Hay magazine, an award-winning food and lifestyle publication. Ms. Holden previously worked at Marie Claire (Australia) and Marie Claire Lifestyle (Australia) and served as an art director and designer for Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Vogue Living.

Katie Hatch launched her career at MSLO in 1999 as a freelancer before being promoted to Associate Style Editor at Weddings in 2000. Over the years, she has worked as a Senior Crafts Editor at Living and the Fashion Editor at Blueprint. In her recent role as Weddings’ Style Director, she worked closely with Ms. Holden on evolving the magazine’s style and content offerings. Prior to joining MSLO, Ms. Hatch practiced law.


Elaine said...

It's nice to see some promotions from within.

mike said...

Donna Hay.... once again. Exquisite magazine!

An exciting announcement!

Melesha said...

Wonderful to hear that Martha is continuing to expand her companies.