GQ has snapped up Jack deputy editor Paul Henderson to be its new health and sports editor.
Henderson’s resignation came as a complete surprise to the I Feel Good magazine and, because GQ is a big rival, he cleared his desk the following day and finished the feature he was writing from home.
Henderson worked on GQ for three years and was a key member of staff as chief sub-editor until he was poached by James Brown in 2000 to work on IFG’s debut launch, film title Hotdog. He edited Hotdog before it was sold to Paragon. He still has shares in IFG.
“I’ve been at IFG for three years. I really enjoyed working on Hotdog, which was the main reason I went there. I always wanted to work on a film title, but after doing Jack for nine months, I decided I wanted to go,” he told Press Gazette.
“I think James was quite surprised. He didn’t really give the impression he wanted me to stay. We reached a natural conclusion in our working relationship.”
Henderson will be in charge of various sections at GQ, including travel, adventure, sport, cars and food. He replaces commissioning editor Tim Lewis, who left last month to become deputy editor of Esquire.
Prior to GQ, Henderson worked on surfing magazine Wavelength, before launching his own magazine about adrenaline sports, Rush.
Jack signed three new writers last week – former Loaded deputy Michael Holden, Sky journalist Dan Davies and David Whitehouse.
By Ruth Addicott