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Larry Hackett: All is Well at Time Inc.

Larry Hackett, Managing Editor of People, isn’t worried about who will replace Jack Griffin at Time Inc. At least that’s what he told WWD, when the magazine asked him about what life at Time is like in Griffin’s absence:

John [Huey] and Maurice [Edelson] and Howard [Averill] are running things, and it’s been fine. The fact of the matter is, many magazines at Time Inc. run themselves — I mean, we’re in the style and entertainment group run by Martha [Nelson]. We know what we want to do for 2011 and, not that Jack disagreed with that, but we’re continuing with that plan.

Hackett sounds a bit dismissive of the whole situation, but when you’re at the helm of one of Time’s most successful titles, you can say things like that.

Dust Begins to Settle at Time Inc.

Time Inc. has divided duties among three top executives to oversee things until the company finds a replacement for Jack Griffin. Dubbed the Three Wise Men (don’t quote us on that) the trio includes Chief Financial Officer Howard Averill, Editor-in-Chief John Huey and General Counsel Maurice Edelson.

Averill’s duties are expanding the most of the three to include U.S. marketing and ad sales, as well as Time Inc. operations based in Mexico and Britain. Huey continues to be in charge of editorial content for such heavy hitters as Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune. Edelson, meanwhile, sees his responsibilities grow to include managing Time Inc.’s administrative groups.

No word on if the three execs will retain these added duties when a new CEO is found, or where the trio plans on finding gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the city, but we’ll keep you posted.

Randall Rothenberg Departs Time Inc.

If Randall Rothenburg has a favorite Mother Goose nursery rhyme (what high level exec doesn’t?) we bet it’s “To Market,” which includes the line, “Home again, home again, jiggity-jig,” because Rothenburg is headed back to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Rothenburg joined Time Inc. in December, but he just announced his decision to leave Time and return to the IAB, his home – or home away from home – since 2007.

Rothenburg’s departure is just the latest drama to emerge from Time Inc. He was hired by Jack Griffin, who thought his expertise in the digital world would benefit Time and its many publications, but we’re sure he saw the writing on the wall when Griffin was fired, so leaving wasn’t that difficult of a decision.

In a memo circulated by Time, Rothenburg said, “I was attracted to Time Inc. by its fantastic brands and terrific people, and believe that the company is well positioned to take advantage of the digital revolution in media and marketing.”


Jack Griffin Out at MPA

The hits just keep coming for former Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin: Amy Wicks at WWD is reporting that he’s also been forced out of his position as Chairman at The Association of Magazine Media (MPA).

A Spokesperson for MPA told Wicks:

To be a member of the MPA Board of Directors, one must be a senior executive who holds the primary responsibility for the magazine operations of an MPA-member company. We can speak more definitively about a replacement for Jack Griffin soon.

Our alternate headline for this post was “Everybody Hates Jack Griffin,” but we’re thinking of just making that a category since we might have to keep using it.

Jack Griffin Issues Statement about His Departure

Jeffery L. Bewkes had his say about firing Jack Griffin, now it’s Griffin’s turn. He just issued his first public comments about the incident:

I was recruited and hired by Time Warner to lead the business transformation of Time Inc., based on my clear record of success and results in the industry.  This continued at Time Inc., with the consistent and documented acclaim of Time Warner’s senior management.   Every action I took over the past six months was made with that ultimate goal in mind.  My exit was clearly not about management style or results.  I leave behind a first rate team and wish them all the best of success.

In other words, “Yo, someone has some personal beef with me because I did a banging-ass job while I was there.”

Okay, maybe we added a little more street cred to Griffin’s statement, but that’s the underlying message.

Jack Griffin Forced Out at Time Inc.

Jack Griffin – who only came aboard at Time Inc. in August – was fired late last night. In what was an unually harsh internal memo, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO of Time’s parent company Time Warner, said, “I concluded that his leadership style and approach did not mesh with Time Inc. and Time Warner.”

The reasons for the swift change seem to be plenty. Jeremy Peters says when Griffin implemented changes – such as separating the news and sports groups –  it was met with resistance from other executives. Griffin also insisted every single Time publication masthead carry his name first, which FishbowlNY thinks is an especially nice touch.

Then there was the fact that Griffin was a devout Catholic, and would often reference his faith, making other employees uncomfortable.

There’s actually more, but there’s no need to list it all. One thing we would like to know: Did Time actually interview Griffin? Did Bewkes, taking a page from say – Duane Reade when they hire a new cashier – actually speak face to face with the man? Because if he did, and he didn’t realize Griffin’s style wouldn’t “mesh” with the company, maybe it’s time to change the interviewing process.

P.R. Chief Dawn Bridges Exits Time Inc.

After six years at Time Inc., SVP of corporate communications and press relations Dawn Bridges is moving on.  The company announced that Bridges will be leaving to pursue “new opportunities and challenges,” and CEO Jack Griffin released a statement praising her for her contributions:

[Bridges's] top-flight communications expertise and experience proved critical to the company’s success.  We will miss her and wish Dawn well as she moves into the next stage of her career.

Bridges joined Time Inc. in 2004 after stops at Warner Music Group and EMI.  Her replacement has yet to be named.

Time Inc. Promotes, Creates New Groups

Big moves at Time Inc. today. Romenesko is reporting that the company promoted Mark Ford to Executive Vice President and President of the new Sports Group, and John Q. Griffin to Executive Vice President and President of the just created News Group. Additionally, Kim Kelleher is now Time magazine’s Publisher, and Frank Wall is Publisher of Sports Illustrated. Both Ford and Griffin will report directly to Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin.

Ford will be overseeing new product initiatives, SI.com and other online ventures, while John Griffin will be in charge of Time, Fortune, their respective websites and their international editions.

The new positions all become effective January 3rd, but we don’t expect that to keep their kids from asking for bigger holiday presents.

Time Inc. Execs Talk To Advertising Age

Edmund Lee over at Advertising Age has an interview with Time Inc.’s CEO Jack Griffin and newly-appointed Chief Digital Officer Randall Rothenburg. In the interview Griffin explains that Time Inc. will be focusing its digital energies on mobile technology and Rothenburg discusses what he can bring to the company. There’s also a section where Rothenburg discusses Angry Birds as a prime example of what makes a good app, explaining that creativity is vital in gaining consumer’s attention.

The interview is a good, quick read for the end of the day. However, we must warn you that when Rothenburg talks about Angry Birds, he fails to explain what you’re supposed to do when you get to level 9-7 and you have those stupid obese red birds and the pigs are all protected with those damn construction hats and no matter what strategy you take YOU CANNOT BEAT THE LEVEL AND IT DRIVES YOU CRAZY. Just in case you were wondering.

CEO Jack Griffin Promises No Job Cuts at Time Inc.

Time Inc. employees can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they will not find a pink slip in their stocking this holiday season.   Jack Griffin took on the CEO role at the end of September and is closing out the calendar year by assuring all of Time’s 8,000 workers that they will be retained for 2011.  Keith Kelly of NYPost.com adds that Griffin will not sell any of the company’s domestic or international magazine divisions.

Griffin publicly quelled the rumors that Time will sell London-based IPC Media and asserted his confidence in the future:

Definitively, we have no plans to divest any of the brands in our stable, either domestically or worldwide.  We’re doing well over $600 million in revenues internationally and we’re going to seek to build on it.

The CEO’s good news will be toasted tonight at Time Inc.’s holiday party as 1,200 people are expected at Sixth Avenue’s Time & Life Building.

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