Bob Sauerberg

Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He is also the co-founder of the research company Media-Ideas (Media-Ideas.net), and publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, circulator and almost every other job this industry has to offer.

Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg made a surprise visit to the company's Los Angeles office on Friday to address the edit and sales staff while he was out west to attend a charity gala. The e-mail went out Thursday afternoon to employees, informing them of the 9:30 a.m. breakfast the following day, which would take place in the 12th-floor conference room. Bagels, muffins and coffee were provided.

Insiders said Sauerberg talked about the company's direction, in light of budget cuts and a recent shake-up, which included about 60 layoffs in its media division.

A long-expected executive transition took a step forward at Condé Nast on Wednesday with the announcement that President Bob Sauerberg would assume new responsibilities and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour will have no rival in her role as creative director.

Editorial Director Tom Wallace will leave the company. Though he is not being replaced, his job was considered redundant after Ms. Wintour was named creative director last year. John Bellando, a 15-year veteran who was both chief financial officer and chief operating officer, is also leaving the company, to be replaced by an executive from Time Inc.

The 2013 MPA/PBAA Retail Marketplace opened Monday and wraps up today in Philadelphia. Publishing Executive had the chance to sit in on some interesting presentations. (After all, they came to Philly — it’s the least we can do!)  


Mary Berner, President and CEO of The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) started the conference off with her usual energetic call to action and to “innovate, innovate, innovate.” Next up, PE’s own Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni led a panel discussion of magazine CEOs including David Carey of Hearst, Steve Lacy of Meredith, Bob Sauerberg of Condé Nast, and Efrem (Skip) Zimbalist of Active Interest Media.

Magazines have been heavily criticized in recent years for their practice of deeply discounting the price of subscriptions. But industry leaders see the potential in tablet devices to change that model.

Speaking on the opening panel at the 2011 American Magazine Conference, Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast, said the luxe publishing company looks at the tablet as a way to evolve how people buy its content.

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