Rita Lewis, publishing director for Elle and Elle Decoration, owned by IPC is to become publishing director of the company’s fashion and beauty publication, InStyle.
Lewis was previously publishing director of Marie Claire and managing director at NatMag-Rodale.
Jackie Newcombe, managing director of IPC Southbank, commented: “Rita is one of the most talented and experienced publishers in the industry today and the ideal candidate to lead this world-famous media brand. Her track record speaks for itself and I believe she has all the attributes to work alongside editor Eilidh MacAskill to create a formidable team.”
Rita Lewis says: “InStyle has been established under its current team as a brand to watch. I am immensely proud to be returning to IPC Southbank to work with Eilidh and the team to further InStyle’s position as one of the leading fashion magazines in the UK.”
She will begin in the role on 3 January and will also join the IPC Southbank board, taking over from current publishing director of InStyle, Linda Swidenbank, who is also publishing director for woman&home and Essentials.
“InStyle has enjoyed great success this year with a host of new collaborations and initiatives, which will build in 2012. I’m extremely pleased to handover to a dedicated PD with Rita’s experience, while I focus on taking woman&home and Essentials to even greater heights,” said Swidenback.