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
The successful candidate will take over sales responsibility for the
fashion industry’s bible, which pulls in pounds 17 million in ad revenue
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
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
The service is scheduled for a soft launch in July and a full launch in
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.’