Francisco will join Hearst as editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, the American women’s lifestyle magazine, on Dec. 2.

Jane Francisco, the editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping, the American women’s lifestyle magazine owned by Hearst.

Francisco replaces Rosemary Ellis, who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities, Hearst announced in a statement. Francisco joins Hearst on Dec. 2.

“Jane is an incredibly versatile editor, leader and branding expert, with the experience and vision to build on the lively, friendly energy of the revamped Good Housekeeping,” Hearst Magazines president David Carey said. “Chatelaine is the largest circulation women’s magazine in Canada, and we’ve been highly impressed with how Jane executed a top-to-bottom modernization of the brand. We’re thrilled to have her on the Hearst team, leading one of our core titles.”


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Francisco has been editor-in-chief of Chatelaine since 2009. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Style at Home and she was the founding editor-in-chief of St. Joseph’s Media’s Wish from 2004 to 2008. She was appointed editorial director of the company’s lifestyle group in 2006.

“Life has never been more demanding—or so full of possibility. Taking care of ourselves and our families is top priority, yet we also want to feel inspired and excited about where we’re going,” Francisco said. “I am thrilled to be joining the Good Housekeeping team. As the ultimate women’s magazine, it’s the go-to for everything from eating well and looking great to making smart and informed decisions about our homes, relationships and how we spend our money. It’s an exciting time to lead this dynamic and iconic brand as we look for new ways to bring the best solutions and creative ideas to women’s lives.”

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.