Bauer Media has announced that Justine Cullen, editor-in-chief of ELLE Australia, will depart the business at the end of the month.
Cullen has been at Bauer for 10 years, five of those leading the helm at ELLE.
Following Cullen’s departure, Genevra Leek will step up as acting editor-in-chief of the title.
Fiorella Di Santo, general manager of publishing at Bauer, said: “Justine’s contribution not only to ELLE, but also to the magazine industry, has been significant.
“Since launching ELLE five years ago, Justine has twice won PA Cover of the Year and has also secured consecutive year-on-year readership increases.
“She has continued to innovate and bring new ideas that keep the industry fresh, while also delivering engaging content that inspires readers. We want to thank Justine for her incredible contribution and wish her every success for the future.”
Commenting on her departure, Cullen said: “In ELLE, we created a fashion magazine unlike any other on the Australian newsstand – one that questions the norm and champions the new, for a woman who cares about what she thinks and what she stands for just as much as what she wears.
“To have the honour of editing it at this powerful moment in time for all women has been a dream come true.
“But after 25 years in publishing – 10 years as an editor at Bauer and more than five years helming ELLE – the time has come to make the decision that feels right for me and my family.
“Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with over my career at Bauer, and especially to the wonderful ELLE team, in whose highly capable and talented hands I leave this brand that I continue to love so much.”
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