Elle editor-in-chief Justine Cullen exits after five years

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 17 September 2018
Justine Cullen at the Australian Magazine Awards

Elle Australia editor-in-chief Justine Cullen will depart the business at the end of this month after five years in the role.

Cullen has been at Bauer for 10 years, joining as the editor of Shop Til You Drop before being promoted to Elle editor.

Following her departure deputy editor Genevra Leek will step-up as acting editor-in-chief.

On her departure, Cullen said after more than 25 years in publishing, the decision was right for her and her family.

"Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with over my career at Bauer, and especially to the wonderful Elle team, in whose highly capable and talented hands I leave this brand that I continue to love so much," she said.

Bauer Media GM of publishing Fiorella Di Santo says Cullen's contribution to Elle and to the magazine industry has been significant.

"Since launching Elle five years ago, Justine has twice won PA Cover of the Year and has also secured consecutive year-on-year readership increases. She has continued to innovate and bring new ideas that keep the industry fresh while also delivering engaging content that inspires readers," she says.

"We want to thank Justine for her incredible contribution and wish her every success for the future."

Under Cullen's reign, Elle was recognised for Cover of the Year at the Australian Magazine Awards in 2017 and shot its May 2017 cover with an iPhone.

The Australian Magazine Awards will be held on the 22 November in Sydney. Read more here.

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