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.