Martha Nelson, an editorial director at Time since 2010, has been promoted to editor-in-chief. Nelson, who assumes the top editorial position next month, becomes only the seventh editor-in-chief in the company’s 90-year history, and the first woman to hold that role at Time.
“This is the most exciting time in our company’s history and I’m thrilled to take on the role of editor-in-chief,” Nelson says. “We have a unique group of powerful brands led by talented and passionate people. Our commitment to journalistic excellence combined with our drive for innovation makes me confident in our future.”
Nelson has spent 20 years at Time Inc. — launching new franchises, reinvigorating others, and amassing numerous honors along the way, including being named one of the World’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row by Forbes magazine.
“Martha is the ideal leader to step into this role at this point in our company’s evolution,” said Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang. “She is a creative thinker with a visceral understanding of the consumer. And as we move to a multi-platform strategy, her strong consumer focus along with her broad understanding of both print and digital media will help ensure we make that transition successfully. She is one of the most respected and influential leaders in the publishing business and I’m delighted she will be our next Editor-in-Chief.”
Previously, she was editor for Time Inc.’s Style & Entertainment Group, a group editor for Time Inc., editor of the People Group and the founding editor of InStyle.