RUB THE SLEEP out of your eyes, kiddies, and welcome home!
For years, the month of January has sent a cold winter chill down the spine of Condé Nast employees. It’s the time of the Si Surprise! He returns to work from his December vacation spot in Vienna, takes a look at the numbers, waves his magic wand and sends some part of his company into hysteria. (Remember last January? He folded Domino.)
But this year?
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It’s a warm and cuddly Condé! CEO Chuck Townsend is taking time over the next few weeks to sit down with staffers at every magazine, hold their hands and tell them that everything is going to be just fine.
“It’s a rah-rah speech,” said one attendee of his talk.
Basically, Mr. Townsend has been saying what you might expect-how last year was pretty terrible (hundreds laid off, six magazines folded) and that there’s reason for hope now. Some magazines are already looking at a better first quarter! And there’s a slide show!
Read More: By John Koblin, the New York Observer