Macleod-Smith quits Vogue for net startup

Some of the biggest names in women’s glossies are scrambling to fill the shoes of Tess Macleod-Smith following the news of her resignation as publisher of Vogue.

Some of the biggest names in women’s glossies are scrambling to

fill the shoes of Tess Macleod-Smith following the news of her

resignation as publisher of Vogue.



Macleod-Smith’s departure to join a property dotcom creates a vacancy

for one of the most glamorous jobs in magazine publishing, as evidenced

by the queue outside publishing director Stephen Quinn’s office last

week.



The successful candidate will take over sales responsibility for the

fashion industry’s bible, which pulls in pounds 17 million in ad revenue

a year.



At the end of May, Macleod-Smith will take up the role of commercial

director for the online property portal Smove.com, which is fronted by

Sky dot.tv’s channel head Nancy Cruickshank. The two worked together at

Conde Nast when Cruickshank was commercial director of Conde Nast

Online.



Smove will provide a comprehensive property trading service, bypassing

estate agents. Sellers will pay pounds 99 for a property listing and up

to pounds 300 for a ’gold level’ service. The service will cover every

aspect of buying a house, from mortgages, solicitors and surveyors to

removal companies, builders and interior designers. There will also be

area guides offering local information.



The venture is backed by internet venture capitalist EOS and some of

Silicon Valley’s foremost internet experts, including the designers of

Netscape and MP3. A digital TV owner is also expected to join the

consortium.



The service is scheduled for a soft launch in July and a full launch in

September.



Macleod-Smith is responsible for developing advertising and sponsorship

revenues and e-commerce partnerships, taking a cut from transactions

such as mortgage and insurance brokering. She is recruiting a sales team

of six and has already lined up a business development director. A

marketing director is also being sought.



Cruickshank took up her role as chief executive of Smove at the start of

this week. Sky has appointed dot.tv’s head of programming Stephanie

Couillard as acting channel head.



Macleod-Smith said: ’I’ve loved working at Vogue. It’s not the finishing

school some expect but a very professional and fun operation.’



Topics