Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Bronwyn McCahon departs Bauer after 16 years with company

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McCahon departing after 16 years.

Bauer Media has lost another senior editor with Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Bronwyn McCahon set to depart the company.

The Bauer veteran has spent 16 years in various roles at the publisher, and will depart the magazine in April with the publisher saying she wanted to “spend time with her young family and explore new opportunities.”

Marina Go, general manager of Hearst brands Australia said in a statement: “Bronwyn has played a formidable role in shaping one of the world’s great media brands in Australia. Her passion and drive has seen Cosmopolitan evolve beyond the pages of the magazine into a highly successful multi-channel brand. I wish her all the very best for the future.”

McCahon’s departure comes just weeks after the departure of Helen McCabe as Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief and the closure of iconic magazine Cleo was announced. 

The company is currently looking for a new CEO and sales boss.

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During her time as editor-in-chief led an number of key initiatives within the magazines including Fun Fearless Female, CosmoTV and #equalpay, a national campaign aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women.

The last Audit Bureau of Circulations figures showed the magazine fell 21% year-on-year to 64,278 copies sold each month.

“After 16 fantastic years, it feels like the right time for me to step away and try something new. Cosmopolitan has been a huge part of my life for over a decade and it’s been a privilege to edit such an iconic brand,” said McCahon.

“In my time at Bauer (previously ACP), I’ve been so fortunate to have worked with and been mentored by some of the best in the business and I leave with many fond memories and life-long friends. I’d like to thank both Bauer and Cosmopolitan’s joint venture partner Hearst for their constant support and nurturing of my career and I wish them every success for the future,” McCahon concluded.

No replacement has been named for McCahon has been named with Bauer saying a replacement will be made in “due course”.


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