Time Inc. Splits News and Sports Group, Shuffles Publishers, Recruits New Exec

John Q. Griffin, Longtime Nat Geo Vet, Will Lead the New News Group

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John Q. Griffin
John Q. Griffin
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Jack Griffin has made another round of changes at Time Inc., where he succeeded Ann Moore as CEO in September, today splitting the news and sports group in two; shuffling publishers at Time, Sports Illustrated and Money; and recruiting former National Geographic executive John Q. Griffin to join the company.

Mark Ford, who had been president of the news and sports group, was named exec VP and president of the newly created sports group, which comprises Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and their extensions. John Q. Griffin, who recently stepped down as president of publishing at the National Geographic Society, was named exec VP and president of the newly created news group, which comprises Time, Fortune, Money and their extensions, and Life.com.

Time Inc. cast its split of the old news and sports group as a way to better focus on each area. "Putting sports and news into new groups will enable both to build on their leadership positions and continue to distribute our content in new, innovative ways," Jack Griffin said in a statement.

As part of the changes, Kim Kelleher, who'd been publisher of Sports Illustrated just since June, was named publisher of Time. At Time she succeeds Brendan Ripp, who'd been publisher just since May. Mr. Ripp was named publisher of Money, succeeding Frank Wall, who was named publisher of Sports Illustrated. Mr. Wall had been publisher of Money since October 2009.

Kim Kelleher
Kim Kelleher
Mr. Griffin started making changes at Time Inc. only this month, elevating Martha Nelson from editor of the style and entertainment group to the company's No. 2 editorial post, behind editor in chief John Huey; promoting Paul Caine to exec VP and chief revenue officer, handing him many duties that had been handled by Stephanie George; and naming Ms. George CMO, a newly created position.

Last week Mr. Griffin named Randall Rothenberg, who'd been president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, to the newly created post of chief digital officer.

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