Stephanie Grice, the former director of events at publisher Gruner + Jahr, has left the company after its acquisition by the National Magazine Company.
Her decision to step down followed 30 days of consultation with Nat Mags, which officially took ownership of G+J on 1 September. During the talks it emerged that Grice would not be offered a place on the Nat Mags board.
However, she insisted the split was 'amicable' and that she was very excited about her future plans, which were not known as Marketing Event went to press.
Before joining G+J, where she set up the events division in September 1998, Grice was exhibitions director at Nat Mags and was responsible for The Cosmopolitan Show. She made her name at G+J with events such as the Prima Fashion Roadshow and the Prima Baby Show, which picked up awards at last month's Marketing Event Awards (see p19).
Nat Mags has yet to reveal its new structure but it is considering appointing a new head of events. Neil Levene, Grice's deputy at G+J, and Cosmo Show director Lorraine Adams are both in the running for the new post.
It is not yet known whether the events activities of Nat Mags and G+J will be merged.
'In theory we could continue running as ourselves or they could combine the two and there would be certain benefits there,' said Levene.
NatMags is expected to announce the new structure in the next few weeks.