A year ago, Norman Pearlstine stepped down from his chief content officer role at Time Inc., but stayed on as vice chairman. Now, this chapter, his second at Time Inc., is fully coming to a close with his full retirement from Time Inc. on July 17. “I’m grateful and proud to have spent 14 years at one of the most influential and storied media companies,” Pearlstine said in a statement.
Those 14 years came in two separate stints, the first as Time Inc. editor in chief from 1995 to 2005, the second as chief content officer in 2013, when Pearlstine returned to Time Inc., from Bloomberg LP, as the company was spinning off from Time Warner.
Pearlstine returned as the company was going through a major transition, not just because of the spinoff, but also because of a reorganization that did away with the Time Inc. editor in chief role and had its editors report to the business side.
And Pearlstine leaves under tumultuous times as well, a month after the publication announced plans to buy out or lay off about 300 staff members.
Pearlstine’s pre-Time Inc. career included launching Dow Jones’ Smart Money in 1992, working for over two decades at The Wall Street Journal in positions that included managing editor and executive editor, and serving as Forbes magazine executive editor from 1978-1980.
His post-retirement activities will include advising nascent media companies.