According to The Wall Street Journal, Griffin ruffled feathers at Time Inc. in trying to recast the company in the mold of Meredith Corp., where he was president of the division that publishes Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies' Home Journal. The paper also cited sources that blasted Griffin's "imperious" management style.
During Griffin's six-month tenure, he reorganized several units at Time. Inc., which publishes Time, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated. He also created the post of chief digital officer and recruited Randall Rothenberg, longtime CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, to oversee the company's digital products.