People Editor Larry Hackett Elected ASME President

hackett23 0 People Editor Larry Hackett Elected ASME PresidentIt’s been a big couple of weeks for People magazine managing editor Larry Hackett.

First there was People‘s Sandra Bullock adoption exclusive and then this week’s country star coming-out cover story. And to top it all off, yesterday Mr. Hackett was elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“It’s an exciting, challenging time for the magazine industry,” said Mr. Hackett in the release. “I look forward to working with the ASME board as an advocate for editorial excellence and independence.”

Mr. Hackett takes over for Runner’s World editor David Willey and is joined by seven newly elected board members:

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired; James Bennet, Editor of The Atlantic; Harriette Cole, Acting Editor-in-Chief of Ebony; Ariel Foxman, Managing Editor of InStyle; Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic; Kaitlin Quistgaard, Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Journal; and Mimi Valdes, Editor-in-Chief of Kidult.com.

Here’s the release:

New York, New York (May 4, 2010)-Larry Hackett, Managing Editor of People, was elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) at the annual meeting of the organization on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Mr. Hackett succeeds David Willey, Editor-in-Chief of Runner’s World, as president.

“It’s an exciting, challenging time for the magazine industry, and I look forward to working with the ASME board as an advocate for editorial excellence and independence,” said Mr. Hackett. “I also want to thank David Willey for his superb stewardship these past two years.”

Peggy Northrop, VP and Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, continues as vice-president of ASME. Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief of Self, was elected secretary, and Rosemary Ellis, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, was elected treasurer. ASME officers serve one-year terms and are eligible for reelection to a second term.

Seven new members were chosen for two-year terms on the ASME board: Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired; James Bennet, Editor of The Atlantic; Harriette Cole, Acting Editor-in-Chief of Ebony; Ariel Foxman, Managing Editor of InStyle; Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic; Kaitlin Quistgaard, Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Journal; and Mimi Valdes, Editor-in-Chief of Kidult.com.

The annual meeting also reelected James B. Meigs, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics, to his second term on the board and elected Mark Jannot, Editor-in Chief of Popular Science, who was appointed to the board earlier to fill a vacancy, to a full term. A complete list of board members can be seen on the ASME website.