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Condé on the Hunt for Digital Executive

CondeNastLogoCondé Nast is on the hunt for a digital executive. According to Ad Age, the company’s president — Bob Sauerberg — is leading the search for either a digital president of chief digital officer.

If Condé does hire someone to focus soley on the digital side of the publisher’s brands, it will be taking a page from its rivals’ book. Hearst tapped Troy Young as president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media last year, and Time Inc. hired Scott Havens as senior vice president of digital in February. Havens even went so far as to proclaim that Time Inc. wasn’t a magazine company, it was a “media company with a portfolio.”

We imagine plenty of people would be excited to lead Condé’s digital efforts. We’ll be watching to see who gets the honor (and the workload).

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Time Inc. Senior Digital VP: ‘We are Not a Magazine Company’

M. Scott Havens, who recently joined Time Inc. as its new senior VP of digital, has big plans for the company. In an interview with The Guardian, Havens made it clear that in order for the company to flourish, it was going to have to think outside the box. Way outside.

“We are not a magazine company,” he explained. “We are a media company with a portfolio.” Time Inc. staffers, please note this change when talking to relatives about your career.

Havens had a good reason for tossing aside the “magazine” label. He wants Time Inc. employees to think in terms of innovation, and — despite how much we love magazines — the word just doesn’t inspire.

“We want to build the next LinkedIn, the next Gilt, the next Facebook,” Havens added. “We have got really smart people and we need to let them use their brains.”

More Changes at the Top for Time Inc. [Updated]

TimeLifeBuildingRockCenter_articleboxThe shuffling at Time Inc. continues. The New York Post reports that Leslie Picard — president of Time Inc. Branded Solutions — is the latest to leave the company. Picard had been with Time Inc. since 2008.

Picard is rumored to be leaving because new hires by Time Inc. haven’t played nice:

Picard is said to have been ‘big footed’ by the arrival of Mark Ford, an executive vice president ad sales, so much so that Ford actually wanted to move into the large office she occupied.

No one likes being big footed. Or Yeti’d, for that matter.

Picard isn’t the only big change. Eric Danetz, currently the chief revenue officer at Defy Media, is rumored to be named Fortune’s new publisher today.

The moves come amid other big changes for Time Inc. Just last week Scott Havens left The Atlantic to join the company, and Fran Hauser, a veteran of Time Inc. since 2003, departed.

Update (10:06 am):
It’s official — Danetz is Fortune’s new publisher. Jed Hartman, group publisher of Time Inc.’s News and Business Group, just sent out the announcement. You can read the memo below.

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Scott Havens Departs The Atlantic for Time Inc.

Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, is leaving to join Time Inc. as senior vice president of digital. Havens had been with The Atlantic since 2009; he was named president of the magazine in 2012.

In memo to staffers, Atlantic Media’s CEO David Bradley said that the move came as a surprise, but Havens was more than qualified to take on the Time Inc. role. “He [Havens] is a remarkable media talent and a deeply fine man,” wrote Bradley. “Further, he leaves The Atlantic in what we believe to be, at least financially, the publication’s high water mark in 157 years… Scott is a gifted man, cut from that very cloth Henry Luce intended for his legendary organization.”

Todd Larsen, Time Inc’s executive VP, agreed with Bradley’s sentiment. Larsen proclaimed that Havens was the “ideal executive for this role” in a note to Time Inc. staffers.

Havens starts at Time Inc. on March 31.

You can read both Bradley and Larsen’s full notes below.

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The Atlantic is Exploring Pay Models

The Atlantic just wrapped up a great year. The magazine was profitable for the third consecutive year, and for the first time, digital ad revenue took up the majority (59 percent) of overall ad revenue. That success has its execs thinking about taking readers back in time.

According to Forbes, The Atlantic will experiment with online pay models this year. Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, admitted that paid content was going to be “a big area of focus for us,” but then did his best to be as vague as humanly possible by telling Forbes, “It’s not definitely happening, but it’s definitely part of the mix.”

One payment method allegedly being discussed is the trusted metered wall, like the New York Times and Andrew Sullivan are using.

If The Atlantic does launch a pay model it will be a bit of a throwback to the old days. It was only in 2008 that its site became completely free.

Former Condé Exec Joins National Journal

Jessica Perry has been named Digital Vice President and General Manager of Atlantic Media’s National Journal Group. Perry has been working for the past year as a consultant. Prior to that she was Vice President of Product Planning and Operations at Condé Nast for three years.

PaidContent reports that Perry will occupy a new role at National Journal. Previously Scott Havens oversaw the digital operations, but he was promoted in January.

Atlantic Media Promotes Digital Exec

The Atlantic Media Company has promoted Scott Havens from Vice President of Digital Strategy and Operation to Senior Vice President of Finance and Digital Operations. The move gives Havens responsibility over the company’s finances, and shifts the every day operations of its digital units to three business operations: The Atlantic, Government Executive and National Journal Group.

Justin Smith, President of the Atlantic Media Company, told Adweek that Havens has the chops to move the company in the right direction. “With the exception of marketing services business, which is more of a services model, the bulk of the opportunity we’re looking at is digital,” said Smith. “We thought it was really, really important that we put in charge of finance someone who really understands digital media.”