WSJ magazine expands editorial team

Elle senior fashion news editor Whitney Vargas has been named the new fashion news director

After successfully rolling out the debut issue of WSJ's lifestyle magazine with only five staffers, editor Deborah Needleman is now on a hiring spree, appointing two new experienced and talented faces and promoting two others to ramp up the magazine's operations.

Elle senior fashion news editor Whitney Vargas has been named the new fashion news director at the Wall Street Journal magazine.

Former photo editor for W magazine Nadia Vellam, who has been freelancing for WSJ, has been made photo director of the magazine.

Fiona Murray, currently fashion editor of the magazine, will be promoted to the position of features director.

Similarly, Andrew Lutjens, associate fashion editor at the WSJ magazine, will be promoted to become market editor.

Needleman, who herself shoulders the double responsibility of editing the WSJ magazine as well as working on the off-duty section for the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal, was also looking for a deputy to help her bring out the WSJ magazine.

For the time being, Fiona Murray, who is responsible for day-to-day operations at the magazine, is assisting Needleman.

The next issue of the WSJ magazine will come out in March.