The National Magazine Company, publisher of Cosmopolitan and
Harpers and Queen, is losing its communications director, Eileen
Wise is leaving after over a year in the post to travel around the
She was head of news at Conservative Central Office until last year’s
general election. She reported to NatMags managing director, Terry
Mansfield and oversaw a 12-strong PR team. The company is currently
recruiting Wise’s replacement.
At NatMags, Wise oversaw the launch of parenting magazine, M, and became
involved in lobbying for the rules to be changed on masthead programming
- TV spin-offs of magazines - to include terrestrial television.
Wise’s other previous jobs included personal press officer to Robert
Maxwell during the launch of the European newspaper in 1990, PR manager
for Andrew Lloyd Webber and chief press officer for the Walt Disney
Company for five years.
She said: ’I went straight from college to university and never had a
break. The last few years I’ve worked exceedingly hard. NatMags was a
lovely job but very busy and I think if I don’t travel now I never
The National Magazine Company belongs to American media group the Hearst
Corporation. Its UK stable includes Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping,
Esquire, Company, Country Living, House Beautiful and Harpers & Queen.
Next month, the company is launching its latest title, ZM, a quarterly
Media Profile, p 6.