Steven Florio, former C.E.O. and president of Conde Nast, died yesterday after a heart attack. He was 58.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour described the Conde Nast landscape under Florio’s reign like this to WWD: “It was a smaller world. It was much less involved in the Internet. The company wasn’t as large as it is now, and he ran it based on relationships he had. It was more like an old boys’ network.”
In the 1980’s he served as publisher of GQ, then as president and C.E.O. of The New Yorker. He became president of Conde Nast in 1994, and then C.E.O. in 1996, before leaving that post in January of 2004. He remained on contract as vice chairman until last January.
Florio, who is credited with shaping the company’s personality-driven profile, had had a history of heart problems. From the WWD report:
The family will be receiving visitors at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home at 1076 Madison Avenue on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at St. Ignatius Church at 980 Park Avenue.