Time Inc. EVP John Q. Griffin Exiting The Company


Barely six months into the job, former National Geographic Society publishing exec John Q. Griffin is leaving Time Inc. (NYSE: TWX) by “mutual agreement” between him and the company. Griffin, who was not related to ousted Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin, was EVP of Time Inc. and president of the News Group. A search is being conducted for a replacement.

Griffin’s exit comes a day after Time Inc. said it had hired News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). digital business development executive Perry Solomon in a similar role.

As Time Inc. looks for a successor for John Q. Griffin, Howard Averill, one of the members of the publisher’s interim management committee, which was put in place following the departure of Jack Griffin, sent out a staff memo outlining other changes:

As we conduct a search for a replacement, we have established the following reporting structure:
• News Group Publishers Jed Hartman, Kim Kelleher and Brendan Ripp will report to me and continue to benefit from sales strategy guidance from Chief Revenue Officer Paul Caine;
• The News Group’s President of Digital, John Cantarella, will take responsibility for LIFE.com and will report to David Geithner, SVP and Group General Manager;
• Ali Zelenko, VP of Communications and Public Relations, will report to John Huey;
• Brooke Twyford, Group Director of Operations, will report to Elissa Fishman, SVP, Finance for News and Sports groups;
• Fortune Live Media as well as Lisa Cline, Executive Director of Marketing, and her team, will report to Jed Hartman; and
• Regina Feiler, Director of the LIFE Picture Collection and the LIFE Gallery of Photography will report to Jim Jacovides, VP of Licensing & Syndication.
In addition, Kim Kelleher, who became TIME’s publisher early this year, has been promoted to Worldwide Publisher of TIME. Reporting to her will be Richard Evans, President of Time & Fortune International. For FORTUNE’s international business, Richard will continue to partner directly with Jed Hartman.

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