Norm Pearlstine’s storied career at Time Inc is officially coming to a close on July 17 when the current Vice Chairman will retire. Mr. Pearlstine rejoined the company back in 2013 when it was spun off from Time Warner as Chief Content Officer, a new title but somewhat within the same capacity as his old title of Editor in Chief which he held for a decade. He was brought back in from Bloomberg Media where he held the same role by then CEO Joe Ripp. Though he is ending his long run at Time Inc, Mr. Pearlstine isn’t going off into the sunset to go sit on a beach somewhere. He will still be active in the media business as he holds the title of chief information architect at Bloomberg competitor Money.net. His retirement from Time Inc which was expected, follows behind the retirement of Executive Chairman Joe Ripp last month and is happening as Time Inc is in the middle of a major transformation from a print rooted media company to a multi digital multi-platform media company. Mr. Pearlstine is counted as a mentor by people like Hearst CEO Steven Swartz. His mark in the magazine industry cannot be ignored.
Said Mr. Pearlstine:
When I moved from chief content officer to vice chairman a year ago, it was understood that this would be a natural bridge to my retirement a year later. I’m grateful and proud to have spent 14 years at one of the most influential and storied media companies. I have great confidence in the leadership of Rich Battista, Jen Wong and Alan Murray and in the work they and their teams are doing to move Time Inc. forward. I look forward to seeing the positive results of all their work.
Time Inc CEO Rich Battista also commented:
On behalf of everyone at Time Inc., I thank Norm for his influential leadership and his significant contributions. He helped break down historical barriers so that now editors can collaborate more closely with business-side colleagues. We will continue to build upon the strong foundation that Norm helped create.
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