Whitney Robinson Steps Down as Elle Decor EIC, Stellene Volandes Named Editorial Director

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While there is still no word on who will succeed Glenda Bailey as editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hearst executives just revealed some big changes at Elle Decor.

Editor in chief Whitney Robinson is stepping down after close to three years at the helm and Stellene Volandes has been named editorial director of Elle Decor, expanding her role as editor in chief of Town & Country. It’s understood that the two publications will remain separate.

In this newly created position, Volandes will have oversight of editorial content and strategy across all platforms of the lifestyle brand. A successor for Robinson will be named shortly, reporting to Volandes.

Robinson plans to focus on both his design consulting business, DW NorthStar, and the launch of the Council of Interior Designers of America. He won’t be severing ties with Hearst completely, though, as he will serve as a special projects contributing editor for Elle Decor.

“Town & Country is a party you don’t want to miss, and that’s due to Stellene’s deft leadership,” said Hearst Magazines chief content officer Kate Lewis. “She has transformed T&C into the smart read for a culturally influential and aspirational audience. Always creative on all platforms, Stellene will unite the excellent teams on both brands in this new role.”

Volandes, who joined Town & Country in 2011 as jewelry and accessories director, was named editor in chief of the magazine in 2016. From today, she’ll also add Town & Country digital content to her purview, previously in charge of just print. As part of the changes, Elizabeth Angell has been promoted from digital director to executive editor of digital at Town & Country.

“Town & Country and Elle Decor share a mission of searching the world for the best of the best for their readers, a quest I’ve been on for most of my editorial career,” Volandes said. “I look forward to continuing this tradition of rich storytelling and sumptuous visuals as I proudly lead these two brands into the future.”

Robinson, previously style director at Town & Country, added: “Hearst has nurtured my career from the beginning and I look forward to continuing our partnership in this next chapter, which allows me to continue to do what I love most — connect designers with opportunities around the globe.”

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