Terence G. “Terry” Mansfield, the energetic British magazine executive passed away last month at the age of 81.
Mansfield was the former president and chief executive officer of the National Magazine Company Ltd., Hearst’s international publishing arm. He was the first non-American to serve on Hearst’s board of directors, and was awarded a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire royal honour in 2002 for his service to the magazine industry.
“Terry was a brilliant global strategist and valued member of our board and extended corporate family,” said Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst. “His passion and commitment to build the Hearst brand abroad were integral to our international growth.”
Caroline Neville MBE, President of CEW UK, recalls Mansfield’s support of the organisation, when it was founded 24 years ago. “He championed female executives within the Hearst organisation, bringing them up through the ranks to key positions and there was a synergy with what CEW were doing for women in the beauty industry. He was charming, effective and well-liked. We will all miss him,” she said.
Glenda Bailey OBE, who stepped down earlier this year as editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar and former President of CEW UK, described Mansfield as “warm, witty and wise. He had a lovely, cheeky smile — and he made everyone feel at ease. The world is a less beautiful place without him.”
Mansfield was named president and CEO in 2002, following a decades-long tenure as managing director of the National Magazine Company. Though he retired officially in 2003, he remained a consultant to Hearst, focusing on new business development and scouting young talent across the UK and in Europe.
Mansfield was also a member of Hearst’s board of directors for almost 10 years, starting in 1993, and served as chairman of Comag U.K., a magazine distribution partnership between Hearst and Condé Nast for eight years, starting in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, two daughters, Victoria and Anna, and their respective families.