Susan Kaufman the former editor of People StyleWatch, was named the editor of magazine in November 2006, prior to the magazine’s launch in January 2007. She oversees all aspects of the celebrity fashion, beauty and shopping magazine, which publishes 11 issues a year.
Kaufman was named “Editor of the Year” by Advertising Age in the “Magazine A- List” issue (October, 2010). Under Kaufman’s leadership, People StyleWatch landed the #1 position as “Magazine of the Year” on Advertising Age’s 2010 Magazine A-List and was named the #8 position in 2008. In 2010, the magazine landed the #2 spot on AdWeek Media’s Hot List for the “10 Under 60” magazine category, and the #4 position in 2009.
A highly-regarded expert on fashion trends and celebrity style, Kaufman regularly appears on TV programs and provides expert fashion commentary for publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, Women’s Wear Daily, the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. She has been an industry guest panelist for AOL Build, Her Campus, WWD’s Denim Summit and more.
Kaufman joined PEOPLE in 2002 as the magazine’s first-ever style director. Prior to joining Time Inc., she was fashion director at Mademoiselle magazine. She has also held executive fashion and beauty positions at Us Weekly and Glamour magazines.
In 2014, Kaufman was named to Fashion Group International’s Board of Directors. She is on the board of Reach Out and Read, a literacy program, and a committee member of its fundraising team.
A graduate of Washington University with a B.A. Cum Laude in Art History, Kaufman also studied at universities in Perugia and Florence, Italy. She and her husband currently reside in Manhattan.