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BEST IN SHOW: Two days of corporate backslapping for Condé Nast ended Tuesday night with the annual handing out of the best-in-class awards to the year’s best-performing publishing executives.
Since Monday, Condé’s management brass and publishers have been ensconced at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Fla., for their annual corporate retreat. On the second and last night, executives enjoyed some words from chief executive officer Charles Townsend — who, Wired publisher Howard Mittman tweeted, “killed it” during his speech — and got some prizes.
Agnes Chapski, whose Allure was up nearly 20 percent in ad pages last year, took the top award. Chapski, who rose from Condé’s effective associate publisher bench to helm her magazine four years ago, was credited for doubling Allure’s operating profit. Lucy Kriz, who’s been leading W only since October, got the second prize after the magazine finished the year with 9 percent more ad pages. Vogue’s Susan Plagemann, a fixture of the awards, got third place.
Several publishers launched new marketing campaigns last year, but it was Bon Appétit’s Pamela Drucker Mann who walked away with the teamwork award, shared with editor in chief Adam Rapoport. Mann has sought to recast Bon Appétit as a lifestyle magazine. David Orlin, senior vice president of operations and strategic sourcing, was named best among corporate executives, while WWD parent Fairchild Fashion Media vice president of finance and operations Suzanne Reinhardt received FFM’s best executive award.
It was not all business in Palm Beach. A picture that appeared on the Instagram feed of Jason Binn, founder of DuJour magazine — not owned by Condé — captured Condé editorial director Thomas Wallace, Architectural Digest publisher Giulio Capua and president Bob Sauerberg taking a break Monday from a round of golf.