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Atlantic Media CEO Surprised By Atlantic Prez’ Jump to Time Inc.

In a memo to staff today, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley said he was surprised that The Atlantic‘s President Scott Havens decided to take the Senior VP of Digital gig at Time Inc.

“Somewhat to my surprise, and I think to his, Scott Havens has decided to return to New York to accept a (huge) appointment with the new Time Inc. – the (soon-to-be) Time-Warner spin-off of its great and iconic magazine brands,” Bradley wrote.

Havens has been been with Atlantic Media since 2009 and President of The Atlantic since 2012. He will stay on at The Atlantic until the end of March.

Read the whole memo after the jump…

Colleagues,

Somewhat to my surprise, and I think to his, Scott Havens has decided to return to New York to accept a (huge) appointment with the new Time Inc. – the (soon-to-be) Time-Warner spin-off of its great and iconic magazine brands.  Scott will become Senior Vice President, Digital helping the new Time Inc. executive team forge an independent path.

I have known Scott since his arrival at Atlantic Media in May, 2009.  He took the presidency of The Atlantic division in September, 2012.  These things said, I’ve only worked directly with Scott for the last six months.  Everything I have seen in that time recommends him.  He is a remarkable media talent and a deeply fine man.  Further, he leaves The Atlantic in what we believe to be, at least financially, the publication’s high water mark in 157 years.  (The year is young; there are so many ways media finds to go bad.  But, Atlantic revenues year to date are up 25% over last year’s record success.)  Scott is a gifted man, cut from that very cloth Henry Luce intended for his legendary organization.

For our part, I have turned already to the requirement and privilege of finding The Atlantic’s next president.  In the past, I have found some leaders in the first conversation.  Other times, as in the search for James Bennet, I’ve met with (almost) 100 candidates along the way. Here, hoping for the former search, not the latter, I have some starting ideas already.  Regardless, we will hold to the aspirational attributes we intend in all our recruiting – a strong force of intellect and a spirit of generosity.

Scott will be with us through March.  We will find occasions to thank him and send him off with gratitude.

David

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