Time Inc. Poaches The Atlantic's Scott Havens for Digital Exec Role

Assumes Many Duties That Had Been Handled by Fran Hauser and John Cantarella

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Scott Havens
Scott Havens

Time Inc. has poached The Atlantic President Scott Havens to serve as senior VP-digital, the company said. Mr. Havens will oversee the digital operations and development of People, Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Money, Golf, SI for Kids, Time for Kids and CNNMoney, a joint venture between Time Warner and Time Inc.

The announcement comes as Time Inc. bids farewell to two long-time digital-media execs, Fran Hauser and John Cantarella, who announced this week that they're leaving the company. Mr. Havens steps in to fill many of the duties that they had handled.

Time Inc. is preparing to spin off from parent Time Warner in the second quarter, when it will become a standalone public company.

Mr. Havens will report to Todd Larsen, exec-VP at Time Inc. starting Mar. 31. "Scott's role is a big one," Mr. Larsen said in a memo. "Digital is a critical growth area moving forward, and we have ambitions to significantly grow our scale. Scott's job will be to drive this aggressive expansion."

Mr. Havens became president of The Atlantic in 2012 after serving for three years as top digital executive at Atlantic Media, which includes the namesake magazine brand as well as digital properties including Quartz and The Wire. Prior to The Atlantic, Mr. Havens worked at Conde Nast, where he helped introduce Portfolio.com.

His departure comes only months after Bloomberg Media poached Justin Smith, the president of Atlantic Media.

"He is a remarkable media talent and a deeply fine man," said Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley in a memo to staff. "Further, he leaves The Atlantic in what we believe to be, at least financially, the publication's high water mark in 157 years."

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