NEW YORK — John Huey, who had been editor of the Fortune group of magazines at the Time Inc. magazine unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., was named editorial director of all Time Inc. publications Tuesday.
He succeeds Walter Isaacson, who Monday was appointed chairman and chief executive of AOL Time Warner’s (AOL) CNN operations. Mr. Huey’s appointment is effective immediately.
In making the announcement, Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, said he would also alter the nature of the editorial director job and the editorial management structure at the magazine group.
While the editorial director will remain the magazine unit’s second-highest editorial executive, Mr. Huey will in fact oversee all Time Inc. titles, and managing editors of all Time Inc. weeklies — which include Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly — and will report to Mr. Pearlstine. Mr. Huey also will continue to oversee the Fortune group of titles, Mr. Pearlstine said in a statement.
Previously, the reporting structure wasn’t as clearly defined, said Time Inc. spokesman Peter Costiglio. Mr. Pearlstine also has new responsibilities now that Time Warner has merged with AOL, Mr. Costiglio said. Mr. Pearlstine will consider larger strategic issues and coordinate Time Inc. activities with those of AOL, CNN and other company divisions. Mr. Pearlstine retains ultimate responsibility for all words and pictures in Time Inc. magazines.
Mr. Huey also will work with Mr. Pearlstine and Isolde Motley, Time Inc.’s corporate editor, on lifestyle books including Real Simple and InStyle.
Mr. Huey, 53 years old, served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy before starting his journalism career at a weekly newspaper in Georgia. From there, he moved to the Atlanta Constitution and then The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Dow Jones&Co. (DJ), publisher of this newswire.
He joined Fortune in 1988, and was named managing editor in 1995. He has had a long working relationship with Mr. Pearlstine that dates back to the time that the two of them worked together at the Journal, where Mr. Pearlstine once served as managing editor.
In February, Mr. Huey was appointed editor of the Fortune group of magazines, which include Money, eCompany Now — now called Business 2.0 — and Mutual Funds.
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