Chatelaine names new editor in chief

Jane Francisco has been named editor in chief at the long-running women's magazine Chatelaine, executive publisher Ken Whyte has announced.

Jane Francisco has been named editor in chief at the long-running women's magazine Chatelaine, executive publisher Ken Whyte announced Monday.

She replaces Maryam Sanati, who is believed to have been let go by parent Rogers Publishing last week. A Rogers spokesman confirmed earlier Monday that Sanati, named editor in chief in February 2008, was no longer with the magazine.

The latest moves come after Rogers announced Thursday it would lay off about 900 employees across Canada, mostly in executive and management positions. Its publication division comprises magazines such as Maclean's, Canadian Parent, Canadian Business and Chatelaine.

Francisco, an 18-year veteran of magazine publishing, most recently was editor in chief of Rogers publication Style at Home, a position she began in July. She also served as executive editor of lifestyle magazines at St. Joseph's Media, a division that includes Wish, Gardening Life and Canadian Family. 

A University of Toronto graduate, she was involved in developing then new visual arts magazine Venue and also served as editor in chief of Rogers-owned Glow.

"Jane has a passion for journalism, a strong track record of success, and high-level experience with prominent Canadian magazine brands," Whyte said in a statement.

Sanati, who presided over the magazine during its 80th anniversary, is one of many editors who have held the post since Rona Maynard retired in 2004.

Kim Pittaway, who succeeded Maynard, left after 15 months and Pittaway's replacement, Sara Angel, spent only 14 months in the position.

Dianne de Fenoyl, managing editor at Maclean's since 2005, was named editorial director of Chatelaine two weeks ago. De Fenoyl assumed the new responsibility in addition to her current role at Maclean's.