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Time Inc. Names Chief Technology Officer [Updated]

Time Inc. has named Colin Bodell its chief technology officer. Bodell comes to Time Inc. from Amazon.com, where he had been since 2006. He most recently served as the company’s vice president, digital store platform.

Recode reports that at Time Inc., Bodell will be tasked with revamping all of the publishing house’s digital products.

Mitch Klaif, Time Inc.’s chief information officer, will remain with the company.

Update (3:58 pm):
Below is the internal memo from Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s CEO, announcing Bodell’s appointment.

As we prepare to go public, investing in technology and product development is one of our biggest priorities. To that end, I’m pleased to share the news that Colin Bodell will be joining Time Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In this newly-created position, Colin, who spent the past eight years as a senior executive at Amazon, will be responsible for shaping the overall strategic technology direction for the new Time Inc. He will join the company on February 18.

Reporting to me, Colin will be charged with establishing a vision and identifying and acquiring best-in-breed technology that can be leveraged across Time Inc. He will have oversight of day-to-day IT operations and will work closely with our digital and product teams around the company to establish a cohesive strategy and product development roadmap.

I’d also like to share the news that Mitch Klaif, Time Inc.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the past seven years, will be taking on a new role within the company. As a Senior Vice President reporting to Jeff Bairstow, Mitch will be charged with managing a number of critical initiatives that are both key to our transition to an independent company and to our ongoing transformation as a leading media organization.

Transformation is something that needs to be done continuously and it will be Mitch’s responsibility to ensure that we remain efficient, effective and flexible as we tackle what’s ahead. He will also use his broad experience and knowledge of Time Inc. to help Colin in his new role.

In Colin, we have found an executive who is not only a technology leader, but who is known for his ability to inspire teams and collaborate effectively on complex issues. At Amazon, Colin headed the technology team for the Kindle store, which also supports Amazon digital content across web, Kindle and third party devices. He originally joined Amazon in 2006 to run the Website Application Platform (WAP) group, which provides the platforms, services and tools that power Amazon’s websites around the world and makes the company’s massive scale possible.

In his 29 year career in technology, Colin has also held senior executive posts at VA Software, Webgain, Intellicorp, and Micro Focus.  It’s worth noting that Colin is a named inventor on four U.S. patents on topics ranging from methods for fabricating products on demand to protecting network sites during adverse network conditions. He currently has ten patents pending with the U.S. Patent Office.

He has a passion for developing talent and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. At Amazon, he served as the executive sponsor of Amazon Women in Engineering. A native of Liverpool, England, Colin holds a degree in Computer Science from Coventry University, England.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Colin when he arrives in February. And I’m sure many of you will be working closely with Mitch as he transitions into his new role.

Joe

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