Little to retire, Isaacson rises

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Meredith's Little to retire; Isaacson rises at Time Inc.The new year brings changes for two of the magazine industry's most visible executives. Chris Little, senior VP of Meredith Corp. Des Moines, and its Publishing Group president, will retire Dec. 31. The following day at Time Inc., Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson will move up to editorial director of Time Inc., the second-highest editorial post at the company. He will succeed Henry Muller, 53, who became a Time Inc. editor at large in May. Mr. Isaacson, 48, will join Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine and corporate Editor Isolde Motley in overseeing Time Inc.'s magazine portfolio. In addition, Mr. Isaacson-who, as a former new-media editor, oversaw the company's early, ill-fated online venture Pathfinder-will serve as the magazines' main liaison between CNN and prospective Time Inc. owner America Online. Mr. Isaacson's successor as managing editor of Time is Jim Kelly, 45, the title's deputy managing editor. Mr. Little, 59, won kudos for his stewardship of Meredith's titles in recent years, even as the company's stock faltered owing to disappointing broadcast results. He will be succeeded as Publishing Group president by Stephen M. Lacy, 46, currently president of Meredith's interactive and integrated marketing groups, titles he will retain. Meredith veteran Jerome Kaplan, 54, was named president of the Magazine Group, and will report to Mr. Lacy.

Copyright November 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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