Canadian Magazine Industry News
4 May 2011, TORONTO
Publisher, art director leaving Toronto Life magazine
Two key members of the Toronto Life team are leaving and the hunt for their replacements has already begun.
Sharon McAuley, publisher, and Jessica Rose, art director, are ending their service to the magazine on May 25 and June 3 respectively, according to senior staff.
Doug Knight, president of St. Joseph Media, recently informed Masthead that McAuley, VP and group publisher of the Urban Group, has resigned and "decided to take a sabbatical year to travel, study, write and plan her next 25 years."
McAuley has already spent 25 years in the magazine industry, including six years as publisher of Toronto Life, noted Knight.
"Since assuming the role in 2005, Sharon has guided her team through a period of tremendous change — from the ups and downs in the economy to the tremendous expansion of our digital offerings," wrote Knight. "Through it all, Sharon has proven herself to be a strong leader and a tireless steward of the brands in her portfolio. She will be missed."
Meanwhile, Rose is moving to London, England, after a stint at Toronto Life that lasted three years. She joined the team in 2008 and won an award for the first cover she designed for the magazine.
"The redesign of the magazine and the website that she oversaw in the spring of 2010 was her biggest achievement. The work she and her team did during that period laid a strong foundation for the future of Toronto Life," noted editor Sarah Fulford.
Knight offered, "We have already begun our search to match the very best talent with these two great roles."
— Jeff Hayward
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