Yi-Hwa Hanna steps down at Women’s Health

After eight years with ITP Media Group, Yi-Hwa Hanna is moving on from her position as Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Middle East. Yi-Hwa joined ITP Media Group in 2010 and worked across a number of publications including VIVA Magazine as Features Editor and Good Housekeeping Middle East as Deputy Editor before taking on her most recent role of Editor-in-Chief at Women’s Health Middle East. Having been a key member of Women’s Health Middle East’s launch team and as a part of her role, she conceptualised the features of the magazine from start to finish, worked with emerging talents in the creative fields, handled photoshoots and represented the brand on several occasions to lead it towards becoming one of the region’s most recognised titles.

Yi-Hwa will be moving on to a full-time position in content management at a leading agency, and continue to work on her lifestyle blog,, where she will write and feature contributors time to time on a number of thought-provoking topics, interesting information, practical advice and inspirational stories.

“Launching and then working on Women’s Health Middle East as the Editor-in-Chief for the past four years has been a dream role for me in many ways, where I was able to combine both my skill set and personal passions and work with some of the most inspirational people I’ve met throughout my career,” says Yi-Hwa. “I’m so proud to have been able to grow the brand into what it is today and it will always remain a highlight of my career. However, it’s time for a new adventure for me and I’m thrilled to be moving on to a new chapter, at an exciting position with an amazing team of people.”

Chee Smith goes freelance

Chee Smith, former Fashion and Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan Middle East, has gone freelance. With over 20 years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, Chee previously worked at VIVA magazine as the Fashion and Beauty Director before joining the Cosmopolitan Middle East launch team in February, 2011. She will continue to work across the fashion and beauty sector as a freelance fashion stylist and editor.

“Although I’m sad to leave Cosmopolitan Middle East, I’m really excited to go freelance and work on new projects,” says Chee. “I’m looking forward to new challenges and working on a variety of jobs within editorial, advertising and events.”

Viva welcomes new Fashion and Beauty Editor

Alexandra Venison will join Viva magazine as Fashion and Beauty Editor, following her previous role as Junior Fashion Editor at Emirates Woman.

Alexandra graduated from London College of Fashion with a first-class Honours degree in broadcast journalism. In her new role, she will be utilising her previous experience gained over the past few years at Motivate Publishing as she oversees all fashion and beauty pages for Viva.

ITP Consumer to re-launch VIVA magazine

ITP Consumer is to re-launch VIVA magazine to become the region’s only handbag sized magazine specifically targeting working women aged 25 years plus. After 10 years in the region, the home-grown title will tackle issues relevant to the modern women in the Middle East. The new look will be revealed in the March issue and celebrated with its International Women’s Day event on March 6, 2014.

“We are excited about the new-look VIVA, which will be now available in convenient handbag size and is the perfect accompaniment for the woman on the go,” says Anita Quade, Editor, VIVA magazine. “It is a big year for VIVA, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary in September and what better way it mark this milestone than with a modern makeover.”

Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Publishing Director for VIVA, commented, “We’re bringing the same quality content the VIVA readers have come to expect, but giving the magazine a whole new look. The magazine is now bolder and brighter and the team have really brought to life the new strapline “All about you”.

New Group Editor for OK! Middle East and Viva

Gemma White has been announced as the new Group Editor for OK! Middle East and Viva magazine. Gemma, who returns to ITP Publishing after two years at the Gulf News Group, will oversee the day-to-day running of OK! Middle East plus manage supplements and brand extensions. She will also have a creative input to Viva, the home-grown ITP title that launched nine years ago, which is now edited by Anita Quade.

Contact Gemma at / +971 (0)50 444 3824