News reports called the staff change sudden and attributed it to an overall shift in the culture at Rupert Murdoch-owned NewsLifeMedia, which publishes Vogue and other magazines in Australia. Clements was one of three senior executives at the company let go recently. The firings came in the wake of Kim Williams's appointment as CEO of Australian media conglomerate News Limited, which runs NewsLifeMedia, last December.
McCann had been editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar Australia for three years but had worked at Vogue Australia previously. She starts her new job in July.
"I am very excited about returning to work for the world's most powerful fashion media brand," she said. "The opportunities for this formidable brand online and in a social media landscape are endless and our future is very bright indeed."
Nicole Kidman and her daughter Faith on the June 2012 cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia. Photo by Will Davidson.