The National Magazine Company has ended its search for an advertising
director for its flagship title, Cosmopolitan.
Jessica Burley, formerly the ad director of Company, replaces Vivien
Cotterill who takes over as the full-time publisher of Zest, Cosmo’s
health spin-off. Cotterill had previously split her time between the two
Simon Kippin, the publishing director of Cosmo, said: ‘To fill the top
job, I needed an exceptional candidate. I saw several candidates both
internally and externally but in the end the decision was an easy one.’
Burley began her career in advertising sales with Bristol United Press
in 1987, before moving to Mirror Group Newspapers in 1990.
After a spell at IPC Magazines as deputy advertising director of NME and
Melody Maker, she joined Express Newspapers as group head in 1992. She
joined Company as its ad director in March this year. NatMags is
currently looking for her replacement.
The appointment of Burley is the latest change at Cosmo since Mandi
Norwood joined as its editor in July. Last month, the former assistant
editor of the Daily Mail’s Femail section, Louise Atkinson, joined as
assistant editor for news, while Sarah Kennedy, former assistant editor
of Company, also joined as assistant editor.
Under Cotterill’s direction, Zest will increase its publication
frequency from quarterly to monthly from next April.