Esquire loses six staff as new top team is revealed

Esquire has had a major shake-up with six departures, including four redundancies.

The job losses were announced just before Christmas and staff were advised by the National Magazine Company not to talk to the press.

Those affected by redundancy are senior editor Bill Dunn, lifestyle editor Maria Paggetti, sub-editor Emily Mathieson and assistant picture editor Ian Whitbread.

Deputy editor Jo Glaseby and art director Ian Pendleton have also quit and are due to leave by the end of the month. Pendleton has been at Esquire for 12 years, Glaseby has been a contributor since 1992 and became a full-time staff member seven years ago.

Glaseby is believed to be working on a number of projects, including a book. She told Press Gazette: "I have been here so long, it is time to move on."

A spokesperson for NatMags said the redundancies were due to streamlining. "We had a lot of staff on the magazine and it is unfortunate because they did all make a great contribution. It just seemed to be the time to do it, a clearing of the decks."

The company said there were "definitely" no more cuts planned.

Esquire also made a raft of new appointments this week, following the arrival of new editor Simon Tiffin before Christmas. Tiffin has strengthened the team by poaching Tim Lewis from GQ to be deputy editor and Alex Breuer from Men’s Health as new art director.

Lewis, who will replace Glaseby, is currently a commissioning editor on GQ, having formerly been chief sub and deputy editor of its fitness spin-off GQ Active. Breuer, who takes over from Pendleton on 20 January, was previously creative director on Men’s Health. Prior to that he worked for The Guardian, where he designed the paper’s Sports tabloid.

Esquire has also announced an internal promotion – Shaun Phillips has become features director from his previous post of associate editor (features).

By Ruth Addicott

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