Helen Johnston, the editor of IPC women’s weekly, Now, is leaving after just seven months to work on a secret start-up project.
Johnston, who joined the magazine in April, was poached from Emap’s New Woman.
She said: ‘After very careful consideration, I have decided to leave Now to pursue a new job on an exciting launch project.
“I’d like to thank everyone in IPC for all the support they have given me whilst I have been here – I have loved my time at Now and wish the magazine and the team every success in the future.”
Johnston relaunched the magazine during her time as editor. She will stay with IPC until Christmas.
IPC has not named her replacement yet, but is actively seeking a new editor.
Managing director of IPC Connect division Evelyn Webster said: “I’m sorry to be losing Helen, but pleased that she has agreed to stay on until Christmas.
“Undoubtedly, the editor’s job on Now is one of the most hotly contested in UK journalism, and we’re already in conversation with a number of very talented candidates to step in to the role.”