Marie Claire’s editor, Juliet Warkentin, is to quit the women’s
glossy magazine following her appointment as the managing director of
the marketing and home shopping division for the UK’s second largest
clothing retailer, Arcadia Group.
The unconventional move throws open the editorship of the IPC title,
which has begun to show signs of recovery after a period of declining
circulation. The January to June audit period this year revealed a 0.3
per cent increase period on period for the monthly title. The magazine’s
last year-on-year increase was in January to June 1996.
Warkentin said: ’It really wasn’t a decision about Marie Claire, but it
was one about my career. It was an incredible opportunity and one I
couldn’t turn down.’
She added that it was unlikely that she would return to editing in the
future because: ’It’s impossible to do anything after Marie Claire.’
Warkentin joined the magazine in 1996 from the fashion title, Draper’s
Record, where she was editor for three years. She is also the director
of the British Fashion Council.
Rita Lewis, the publishing director of IPC Southbank, said that no
decision had been taken on Warkentin’s replacement.
’I don’t think we are looking at dramatic changes to the magazine. It is
selling incredibly well which is where the final test is. With a new
editor on board, it’s an opportunity to look at it again.’
Marie Claire, which celebrated its tenth birthday in September, is the
third-largest mainstream women’s monthly title with a circulation of
At Arcadia, Warkentin replaces Robin Klein who has become non-executive
chairman of Dial, Arcadia’s joint venture with Littlewoods. He will work
on non-competing new business and personal interests outside Arcadia.