IPC Connect today announces that Terry Tavner is to step down as editor of Woman's Own after three years, and Elsa McAlonan is appointed as the new editor.

IPC Connect managing director Linda Lancaster-Gaye says: "I would like to thank Terry for her hard work and commitment to the title and especially for her development of the annual Woman's Own Children of Courage Awards. We wish her every success for the future."Elsa, who joins the title with immediate effect, began her career at IPC in 1997, as deputy editor of Marie Claire, where she famously persuaded Monica Lewinsky to pose for the cover. She was most recently editor of Woman's Journal.

Previously, Elsa worked for Mirror Group Newspapers in Scotland and London, working her way up through posts as woman's editor and assistant editor - features, to associate editor of the Daily Record and launch editor of the Scottish Daily Mirror.

Elsa says: "Taking over as editor of such a well known magazine is a huge challenge and one that I am extremely excited about. I believe the weekly market is the place to be right now and I welcome this fantastic opportunity to use my experience to expand and develop Woman's Own."

Linda adds: "I am delighted with this first class appointment. Elsa's broad experience, covering tabloid newspapers to glossy women's magazines, will be invaluable in shaping the future of Woman's Own, one of IPC Media's most famous brands."

For further information, please contact Julie York, director of corporate communications, IPC Media, Tel: 020 7261 5880 or Email: