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The latest round of musical chairs at Conde Nast comes to an end today, with a ringer coming in to fill the final slot left open by last week's publisher shift: Lance Ford will replace Alan Katz as publisher of Cargo.

Katz, you'll recall, moved to Vanity Fair when Lou Cona moved from there to The New Yorker when David Carey left The New Yorker to head up the business side of Conde's brand-new, as-yet-unnamed business-mag group.

Ford is most recently a vet of American Media, where he spent a whopping three months as advertising veep earlier this year and, word was, didn't so much get along with AMI chief David Pecker. We suspect he'll last longer at Conde; he started his career there before joining Dennis Publications as founding publisher of Maxim.

The full press release is after the jump.

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August 30, 2005


Lance Ford has been named Vice President & Publisher of Cargo, it was announced today by Charles H. Townsend, President and C.E.O. of Cond Nast Publications, Inc. His appointment is effective Monday, September 12th.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lance back to Cond Nast," Townsend said. "He brings years of experience launching successful men's magazines, and he will now use that talent to further establish Cargo."

Mr. Ford was most recently President of American Media, Inc. (AMI), where he oversaw the company's twenty magazines. Prior to joining AMI, Ford was at Dennis Publishing, where he oversaw the launch of Maxim, in 1996, Stuff, in 1998, and Blender and The Week, in 2002. Ford started his publishing career at Cond Nast, where, over the course of thirteen years, he held several advertising sales positions at Gourmet, The New Yorker, and Bon App tit, where he was the Associate Publisher.

Mr. Ford graduated from Carshalton College in London, England, and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife and children.

Cond Nast Publications, Inc. currently publishes eighteen magazines. It is a unit of the Advance Magazine Group, which includes Cond Nast Publications, Fairchild Publications, Parade Publications, Golf Digest Companies, and Cond Net.

PRESS CONTACT: Maurie Perl, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications (212) 286-XXXX