Three weeks after Esquire editor in chief Jay Fielden announced his exit, Hearst Magazines has named his successor.
Michael Sebastian has been tapped as the new editor in chief for Esquire, overseeing its print and digital content, strategy and operations, said Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines president Troy Young.
Additionally, Hearst promoted Nick Sullivan, who has been Esquire’s fashion director since 2004, to creative director, which is a new role.
Fielden said last month that he “felt the lure of new possibilities” and had decided to “to press on in a new direction,” though he didn’t specify what that meant for him.
In his new role, Sebastian, who has been Esquire’s digital director since 2017, will continue to report to Hearst Magazines chief content officer Kate Lewis.
“Over the past two years, Michael and his impressive team have tripled Esquire’s site traffic and significantly expanded the brand’s digital footprint,” Young said in a statement.