Turning the Pages at Hearst

Cathie Black wrote the book on why women's magazines have held off the Internet challenge

Henrik Olund for TIME

Cathleen Black, President Hearst Magazines, in her office of the Hearst headquarters in New York City.

Cathie Black is sitting as close to the top of the world as you can get in midtown Manhattan. In her corner office on the 43rd floor of the shimmering new Hearst Tower, Black, the president of Hearst Magazines, gazes through her floor-to-ceiling windows at Central Park to the north and the Hudson River to the west. Tall, blond, self-confident, Black has a style that's polished to a high gloss.

But don't confuse her looks with a lack of seriousness; it's all part of the mission. Black, as head of one of the world's largest magazine publishers, is the exemplar of the...

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